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Semantic Annotation Tool Survey
Mark Williams (mark.j.williams@dartmouth.edu), John Bell (john.p.bell@dartmouth.edu)

We are soliciting information that will inform the design and functionality of the Semantic Annotation Tool (SAT): a drop-in module that facilitates the creation and sharing of time-based media annotations on the Web. We are delighted to have received NEH funding to support the design and development of this new tool.

SAT will provide a quick and painless way to add time-based annotation features into new and existing web platforms–it is intended to be a helper, not an entirely new system. The finished tool will have two parts: a jQuery plugin that wraps an existing media player to provide an intuitive authoring and presentation environment for time-based video annotations; and a linked data-compliant Annotation Server that communicates with the plugin to collect and disseminate user-generated comments and tags using the W3C Open Annotation specification. Both parts will be released as open source software when they are complete.

For the purposes of SAT, an annotation will consist of tags, a text body, and provenance metadata that describe a specific time-based or geometric fragment of a media file. Potential uses include collaborative close reading of video for humanities research, simplified coding of time-based documentation in social science studies, enhancing impaired vision accessibility for media clips on web sites, and many others.    

Could you please respond to the following questions and provide details about use cases and features valuable to your research and preservation needs?

Are you currently working on research or teaching activities that could benefit from time-based annotations? If so, please describe your methods and goals.
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Do you have ideas for research or teaching activities that you cannot carry out now but SAT might make possible? If so, please describe how SAT might be of help.
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Are there additional features or goals of your research and/or preservation projects that SAT might complement?
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Please list any content management systems you currently use that may benefit from integration with SAT. (ex: Drupal, WordPress)
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Please list any learning management systems you currently use that may benefit from integration with SAT. (ex: BlackBoard, Canvas, Moodle)
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Please list any digital asset management systems you currently use that may benefit from integration with SAT. (ex: Kaltura, Ensemble, ContentDM, Avalon)
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Please list any media players you currently use that may benefit from integration with SAT. (ex: HTML5 video tag, Flowplayer)
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Please offer further questions or comments you have about the functionality of SAT.
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We may want to contact you to further discuss your work and potential collaborations involving SAT. If you would be open to such a conversation, what email address would you like us to use to contact you?
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