A collaborative textual annotation tool        Matt Gee & Andrew KehoeResearch & Development Unit for English Studies     ...
Literary StudyHow do you study a literary text?‘Close Reading’: detailed study of short text extractsdown to individual wo...
• Text quickly becomes• (re-)read the text                                cluttered with underlining/• underline important...
is on e-textsIn creasing emphas            are tobut surpri sing lack of softw                   ding. support close rea  ...
Our solution:Web-based collaborative annotation system operatingdown to word level.                Demonstration…
HIGHLIGHT CLICKED
MULTIPLEANNOTATIONS
MOUSE DRAGGED
COMMENT ENTEREDANNOTATION SAVED
ANNOTATION ADDEDTO TEXT, AVAILABLE TO    OTHER USERS
ANNOTATION OPENED
REPLY ENTERED
REPLY SAVED,AVAILABLE TO OTHER      USERS
NEW HIGHLIGHTCOLOUR CHOSEN
TAG ENTEREDANNOTATION SAVED
TAG SAVED INANNOTATION
TAG CLOUD
LOOK UP HIGHLIGHTED  TEXT IN THE OED   (FOR EXAMPLE)
INTERESTING, YEAH?
Possible Future Features• Integration with Virtual Learning Environments  – Seamless transition between VLE and eMargin• L...
Possible Future Features• Integrate Corpus Linguistic methods  – Collect texts in a corpus  – Tools     • Concordancing   ...
Future Plans• Keep developing and keep trialing with end-users• Explore use in Literature, Linguistics, Acting and  Stage ...
eMargin Presentation given Summer 2012
eMargin Presentation given Summer 2012
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eMargin Presentation given Summer 2012

  1. 1. A collaborative textual annotation tool Matt Gee & Andrew KehoeResearch & Development Unit for English Studies emargin.bcu.ac.uk
  2. 2. Literary StudyHow do you study a literary text?‘Close Reading’: detailed study of short text extractsdown to individual word level.
  3. 3. • Text quickly becomes• (re-)read the text cluttered with underlining/• underline important words notes on each re-reading• make notes in margin • Annotations tied to printed copy of text• colour-code • Annotations not• draw out themes/motifs archivable / searchable
  4. 4. is on e-textsIn creasing emphas are tobut surpri sing lack of softw ding. support close rea teDifficult to annota annotations Difficult to share nough for Not fine-grained e academic study
  5. 5. Our solution:Web-based collaborative annotation system operatingdown to word level. Demonstration…
  6. 6. HIGHLIGHT CLICKED
  7. 7. MULTIPLEANNOTATIONS
  8. 8. MOUSE DRAGGED
  9. 9. COMMENT ENTEREDANNOTATION SAVED
  10. 10. ANNOTATION ADDEDTO TEXT, AVAILABLE TO OTHER USERS
  11. 11. ANNOTATION OPENED
  12. 12. REPLY ENTERED
  13. 13. REPLY SAVED,AVAILABLE TO OTHER USERS
  14. 14. NEW HIGHLIGHTCOLOUR CHOSEN
  15. 15. TAG ENTEREDANNOTATION SAVED
  16. 16. TAG SAVED INANNOTATION
  17. 17. TAG CLOUD
  18. 18. LOOK UP HIGHLIGHTED TEXT IN THE OED (FOR EXAMPLE)
  19. 19. INTERESTING, YEAH?
  20. 20. Possible Future Features• Integration with Virtual Learning Environments – Seamless transition between VLE and eMargin• Layers of annotation on single texts – Named layers – Turn layers on/off• Annotation of multi-media – Images, Audio, Video
  21. 21. Possible Future Features• Integrate Corpus Linguistic methods – Collect texts in a corpus – Tools • Concordancing • Wordlists • Keywords • Ngrams • Collocation• Import and Export – XML
  22. 22. Future Plans• Keep developing and keep trialing with end-users• Explore use in Literature, Linguistics, Acting and Stage Management• eMargin transferable to any text-based discipline: Law, Social Sciences, History, Theology, Languages emargin.bcu.ac.uk
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