• When WordHoard met Pliny: breaking down interaction silos between appliations

    John Bradley (see profile) , Tim Hill
    Digital humanities, Research, Methodology
    Item Type:
    Conference poster
    Conf. Title:
    Dihital Humanities 2011
    Conf. Org.:
    Stanford University
    Conf. Loc.:
    Stanford, California
    Conf. Date:
    19-22 June 2011
    Annotation, digital tools, Digital humanities research and methodology
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    Compressed abstract from conference proceedings: One of the current issues within DH is the wish to break down “silos” between different applications, usually based on the observation that it is difficult to bring two separately developed applications together even on kinds of data that they might actually share. Scholarly notetaking has not been often been thought of as a kind of “anti-siloing” activity, however, it does juxtapose materials and ideas from a broad range of different sources. Normal web pages and digital applications work against the ability to juxtapose materials from different places, and making it difficult for a computer user to preserve those juxtapositions that are interesting. Base Pliny supports annotation for web pages, images and PDF documents, and places them in the larger Pliny context as objects in their own right, and can be extended to add support for annotation of media such as video or audio, while maintaining the integration between these media and the rest of the Pliny system. Thus, like the printed book, the Pliny screen becomes the nexus between the “display application” of the web or PDF page and the separate-but-linked “annotation/notetaking application”. Annotation in stable media is well understood. What happens if one moves to annotation for dynamic applications which are less like documents and more like tools. We chose to use the Mellon Foundation’s MATC 2008 award to Pliny as a way to explore this. With the cooperation of Martin Mueller and others at Northwestern University we have been exploring what their WordHoard tool would be like if it was presented in an intimately linkable environment where Pliny operates. At our poster session you will see the Wordhoard integration with Pliny and with other independently built tools that can interoperate there. What might this mean to a user? For the development community we hope to speak about the coding work that this represents and what lessons can be learned.
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