rebecca stancliffe – dance annotation

In this stage of my research into dance annotation I am exploring knowledge contribution to the World Wide Web, a space currently dominated by information and conversation, and geared less towards contribution and collaboration.[1] Despite the ubiquity of visual and temporal media, the web privileges text, the originary media of this space. As a means for identifying characteristics and features of a source, annotation also retains literary connotations, whether in the form of a tool enabling users to comment or tag materials they engage with, or as the back end approach that organises, names, and labels. Yet, even for text-based documents, user annotation tools are limited, and current classification standards result in inefficient search and retrieval of inefficient information. In view of these factors, I am considering how, throughout annotation processes, the dance field can mark a meaningful contribution to the web in a way that supports the drive towards interoperability between human and computational agents, yet remains truthful to developing knowledge representations and epistemologies.

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Screenshot of the annotation tool Hypothesis in use. Hypothesis provides a layer over existing web pages to enable individual and collaborative annotation

– Rebecca Stancliffe

[1]: Puig, V. (2010) Digital Studies: Issues of organology for individuation in collaboration practices. [online] available from [08 September 2016]


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