Semantically structured annotations

Enrich the Web of Data!

Annotating is the act of expressing knowledge about a "resource". As most of the resources of interest (documents, images and any kind of content) are on the web, and this is becoming true even in domain like the Humanities, where scholars are progressively moving from an analogic to a digital world, being able to annotate web resources and share annotations with others is becoming of primary importance.

A variety of web annotation tools is appearing on the scene, so how does pundit differ from others approaches?

The main idea we are exploring with Pundit is that of enabling users not only to comment, bookmark or tag web pages, but also to create semantically structured data while annotating, thus enriching the so called Web of Data. The ability to express semantically typed relations among resources, relying on ontologies and specific vocabularies, not only enables users to express unambiguous and precise semantics, but also, more interestingly, fosters the reuse of such collaboratively created knowledge within other web applications. For example: provide a powerful semantic search, build innovative ad-hoc data visualizations or ultimately improve the way users explore the web.

Pundit stores annotations on a RDF based server that provides APIs to consume annotations along with their structured content. See Server API for details.

This picture might give a better idea of what we mean by semantically structured annotations: the ability for users to create knowledge graphs where web content fragments, concepts and entities are meaningfully connected.

This is the challenge. We really hope Pundit can give a contribution to make this vision come true.