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