A collaborative textual annotation tool Matt Gee & Andrew KehoeResearch & Development Unit for English Studies emargin.bcu.ac.uk
Literary StudyHow do you study a literary text?‘Close Reading’: detailed study of short text extractsdown to individual word level.
• 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
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Our solution:Web-based collaborative annotation system operatingdown to word level. Demonstration…
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
Possible Future Features• Integrate Corpus Linguistic methods – Collect texts in a corpus – Tools • Concordancing • Wordlists • Keywords • Ngrams • Collocation• Import and Export – XML
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