OAC Phase II Project beginning Development at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities

We at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), University of Maryland College Park, have recently begun development on a streaming annotation video client for the Alexander Street Press catalog of educational films. The service intends to use the Open Annotation Collaboration (OAC) beta specifications in order to store annotations on the client that coordinate with specific frames of streaming video. The schedule for development plans to have a full working prototype early next year (2012). As of now, we have managed to code a working prototype of the shape drawing canvas, which will be used to select regions of video for annotation.

In addition, I am attending the Interedition Bootcamp conference in Wuerzburg, Germany. Interedition is a focus group of domain experts to discuss and implement interoperable tools for the Digital Humanities. MITH was invited to attend the conference in order to offer our experience and learn from others on interoperability in online annotation tools. So far, the OAC beta specifications have gained a lot of interest among the participants due to their support for working across platforms. To learn more about Interedition and what is happening at the Wuerzburg conference, check their wiki or follow my posts at the MITH blog (Note: my posts are buried along with all the other interesting stuff going on at MITH!).

Grant Dickie
Web Programmer and Programmer for OAC Phase II
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
University of Maryland, College Park

jdickie at umd dot edu

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