Towards Open Annotation: Examples and Experiments


  • Lindsey Seatter University of Victoria



Annotation, collaboration, digital, pedagogy, social, tools


This article interrogates how digital text annotation tools and projects facilitate online engagement and virtual communities of practice. With the rise of the Web 2.0 movement and the proliferation of digital resources, annotation has evolved from an isolated practice to a collaborative one. This article unpacks the impact of this shift by providing an in-depth discussion of five web-based tools and two social reading projects. This article examines issues of design, usability, and applicability to pedagogical intervention as well as underscores how productive group dynamics can be fostered through digital, social annotation. 


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Author Biography

Lindsey Seatter, University of Victoria

Lindsey Seatter (BA, MA, Simon Fraser University) is a SSHRC-funded Doctoral Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. Her research focuses on the British Romantic period and Digital Humanities, with special interest in women writers, the evolution of the novel, reader engagement, and online communities of practice. Seatter has given presentations at national and international conferences on female literary networks, reading Austen with computers, and teaching digital Romanticism. She is also the creator and editor of an open access digital anthology that curates lesser-known, mostly manuscript, works by Romantic women writers. Seatter works as a Research Assistant in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab and is a Colloquium Co-Chair for the Digital Humanities Summer Institute.


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How to Cite

Seatter, Lindsey. 2019. “Towards Open Annotation: Examples and Experiments”. KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies 3 (1):12.



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