A collaborative textual annotation tool rdues.bcu.ac.uk Research & Development Unit for English Studies Andrew Kehoe Direc...
Background: Our Research <ul><li>Building own search engine for linguistic study </li></ul><ul><li>Extracting examples of ...
Issue: English Literature Study How do you study a printed text? ‘ Close Reading’:  detailed study of short text extracts ...
<ul><li>(re-)read the text  </li></ul><ul><li>underline important words </li></ul><ul><li>make notes in margin  </li></ul>...
An Established Tradition <ul><li>Origins in study of religious texts dating back to Middle Ages. </li></ul>Martin Luther: ...
Limitations of Traditional Model <ul><li>Annotations tied to printed copy of text </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to share / c...
Increasing emphasis on e-texts but surprising lack of software to support close reading. Difficult to annotate (‘sticky no...
<ul><li>‘ Book Lovers Fear Dim Future for Notes in the Margins’,  New York Times,  Feb 20 2011: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>writ...
Our Solution <ul><li>Web-based collaborative annotation system operating down to  word level . </li></ul><ul><li>Initial i...
Demonstration http://emargin.bcu.ac.uk [email_address]
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Presentation given to 3rd Year Undergraduate English Students on Narrative Analysis module at Brimingham City University. Followed by demonstration of eMargin text annotation software: http://emargin.bcu.ac.uk/

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eMargin Presentation to BA English Students

  1. 1. A collaborative textual annotation tool rdues.bcu.ac.uk Research & Development Unit for English Studies Andrew Kehoe Director
  2. 2. Background: Our Research <ul><li>Building own search engine for linguistic study </li></ul><ul><li>Extracting examples of real language use </li></ul><ul><li>New words, rare words, new meanings for old words </li></ul><ul><li>www.webcorp.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Developing software to analyse language use in large text collections (Corpus Linguistics) </li></ul><ul><li>Series of research projects </li></ul>Classifying New Words Document Similarity Semantic Relations synonyms, antonyms Word Dispreference
  3. 3. Issue: English Literature Study How do you study a printed text? ‘ Close Reading’: detailed study of short text extracts down to individual word level.
  4. 4. <ul><li>(re-)read the text </li></ul><ul><li>underline important words </li></ul><ul><li>make notes in margin </li></ul><ul><li>colour-code </li></ul><ul><li>draw out themes/motifs </li></ul>
  5. 5. An Established Tradition <ul><li>Origins in study of religious texts dating back to Middle Ages. </li></ul>Martin Luther: Lectures on Romans (1515) Glossae: student’s notes in the margins
  6. 6. Limitations of Traditional Model <ul><li>Annotations tied to printed copy of text </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to share / combine in class </li></ul><ul><li>Annotations not searchable </li></ul><ul><li>Text quickly becomes cluttered with underlining/notes on each re-reading. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Increasing emphasis on e-texts but surprising lack of software to support close reading. Difficult to annotate (‘sticky notes’) Difficult to search annotations Difficult to share annotations
  8. 8. <ul><li>‘ Book Lovers Fear Dim Future for Notes in the Margins’, New York Times, Feb 20 2011: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>writing comments alongside passages…is a rich literary pastime , sometimes regarded as a tool of literary archaeology, …but it has an uncertain fate in a digitalized world </li></ul></ul>Limitations of Traditional Model
  9. 9. Our Solution <ul><li>Web-based collaborative annotation system operating down to word level . </li></ul><ul><li>Initial idea late-2007; basic prototype developed allowing simple text highlighting and commenting. </li></ul><ul><li>Trialled in English classes at BCU and University of Leicester – feedback from lecturers/students. </li></ul><ul><li>Funding for project, 2011-12. </li></ul><ul><li>Full version being developed now. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Demonstration http://emargin.bcu.ac.uk [email_address]
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