Letter from the editors

...and we’re back! After quite some silence EuropeanaTech is pleased to present our newest issue of EuropeanaTech Insight. With this issue we focus on annotations, which has been and continues to be a pivotal focus of the EuropeanaTech Community’s R&D efforts. Over the years, Europeana and its partner projects have been involved in developing annotation solutions and applying this to research scenarios like Digitised Manuscripts to Europeana (DM2E) and Europeana Sounds.

Over the next four articles we will check-in with our friends at Hypothes.is, Annotate All Knowledge, Pundit and Europeana Sounds to see how their collective work is improving the status of web annotations as a means of sharing knowledge. Most of these contributions were collected in the context of the IAnnotateconference, hold in Berlin in May 2016.

Thank you to all the contributors. Enjoy!

-The EuropeanaTech team



Within the last few years, a small but growing community has succeeded in developing a new generation of web-based annotation tools. In 2014 the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the standards body for the Web, established a formal Working Group to define a standard for web annotations. Much progress has been made, and many implementations are now mature enough to be deployed. Several of these were on display at the recent iAnnotate Conference, held in Berlin in May, 2016. A simple browser extension or web proxy adds an overlay to web pages and documents enabling annotation of portions of text with comments, tags, links or even images and videos. These annotations are able to be seen by visitors to the same resources, and are interactive, sharable and searchable.