Open Annotation Data Model

Robert Sanderson, Paolo Ciccarese, Herbert Van de Sompel, Shannon Bradshaw, Dan Brickley, Leyla Jael Garca Castro, Timothy Clark, Timothy Cole, Phil Desenne, Anna Gerber, Antoine Isaac, Jacob Jett, Thomas Habing, Bernhard Haslhofer, Sebastian Hellmann, Jane Hunter, Randall Leeds, Andrew Magliozzi, Bob Morris, Paul MorrisJacco van Ossenbruggen, Stian Soiland-Reyes, James Smith, Dan Whaley

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The Open Annotation Core Data Model specifies an interoperable framework for creating associations between related resources, annotations, using a methodology that conforms to the Architecture of the World Wide Web. Open Annotations can easily be shared between platforms, with sufficient richness of expression to satisfy complex requirements while remaining simple enough to also allow for the most common use cases, such as attaching a piece of text to a single web resource.An Annotation is considered to be a set of connected resources, typically including a body and target, where the body is somehow about the target. The full model supports additional functionality, enabling semantic annotations, embedding content, selecting segments of resources, choosing the appropriate representation of a resource and providing styling hints for consuming clients.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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