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Future for the Annotation of Digital Objects

Organizer: Dr. Yuk Hui, Simon Worthington, Hybrid Publishing Lab, Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University Lüneburg

Participants: Bob Stein (Institute for the Future of the Book, SocialBook), Christina Kral (A-machine), Claudius Teodorescu (University of Heidelberg), Andre Gaul + Nico (PaperHive), Thomas Kollatz (DARIAH), Paul-Emile Greffroy (IRI of Centre Pompidou), Johannes Wilm (Fidus Writer)

Date: 12th May (midday) – 13th May (evening)

Venue: Cent­re for Di­gi­tal Cul­tu­res, Sülz­tor­str. 21–35, 21335 Lüne­burg, 2. Floor

In the past decades, the proliferation of digital objects, the emergence of new technologies, and the globalisation of cultural objects, demand new conceptualisations and practices of annotation. Ontologies (formal ontologies, web ontologies) find their limits to fully contextualize the modes of existence of digital objects, since most of them are still derived from a narrow reflection and without considering the nature of the digital. Annotation finds its place, not only in the sense of assisting information processing and enhancing the searchability of digital objects (for the objects themselves, or in the objects), but also as interaction and concretisation of relations between the users and the objects with which they interact. This recalls us of what the ancient call Scholia, a commentary and annotation practice which finally shaped the scholiast and also the scholar. Annotation in this sense is less about classification, but closely related to learning, meaning that one learns and concretizes his or her knowledge through annotating or writing. With digital technologies, the concept of annotation has to be taken further, since it introduces semantic technologies, collaboration, sharing, recommendation. However annotation is either not taken seriously or shadowed by mere interaction, or slowly taken over by automation as in the case of Google and other semantic technologies. The workshop “Future for the annotation of digital objects”, hosted by the Hybrid Publishing Lab is an attempt to gather researchers from different disciplines, and to look into different practices and tools that have been developed and concerns which have yet to be resolved.

This two days workshop is an occasion to discuss further collaborations among researchers. We will invite international researchers who are working in the field to participate in this workshop, to map the current state of affairs and to look at different approaches to annotation of digital objects. The second aim of the workshop will be to discuss the challenges ahead and to figure out an agenda for development and for collaboration.


Noon – 19H, 12th May

Presentation of individual projects (20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion)
13:15 Introduction: Yuk Hui + Simon Worthington
13:45 -14:15 Simon Worthington + Christina Kral (A-machine)
14:15 -14:45 Claudius Teodorescu (Heidelberg)
14:45 – 15:15 Andre Gaul + Nico (PaperHive)

15:15 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:15 Thomas Kollatz (DARIAH)
16:15 – 16:45 Paul-Emile Greffroy (IRI of Centre Pompidou)
16:45 – 17:15 Johannes Wilm (Fidus Writer)
Coffee Break 15 Minutes
17:30 – 18:30 Questions and Challenges
19:00 Dinner

10H – 17H, 13th May
10:00 – 11:00 Retake on Questions and Challenges from the last day
11:00 – 12:30 Bob Stein Lecture
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 16:30 Addressing Problems, Challenges, Collaborations

Inquiries: Dr. Yuk HUI, yuk.hui[a] Simon Worthington, simon[a]
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April 2015

Presentation of the Hybrid Lecture Player by the Hybrid Publishing Consortium at the annual Libre Graphics Meeting. An exploration of the Marshall McLuhan collection held at the McLuhan Salon in the Canadian Embassy, Berlin.

The Hybrid Publishing Consortium is pleased to announce the Hybrid Lecture Player, a new research publishing case study by the Lüneburg (Germany) based lab. It will be presented as part of the Libre Graphics Meeting on April 30, 2015, 13.20pm at the University of Toronto, Canada. Continue Reading…

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Book Remixing

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Otlet diagramBook Remixing #03 is the third in a series of workshops for designing and making new types of hybrid books. The hybrid book, or unbound book, is an experiment to investigate what happens once the book is free of its current form of a printed book and usable in multiple and malleable digital forms. Continue Reading…

The recording of the Panel “The Art of Hybrid Publishing” of the Post-Digital Scholar Conference with Florian Cramer (Rotterdam University of Applied Science), Silvio Lorusso (University of Venice) and Stefanie Posavec (Designer), moderated by Minuette Le.

Here you can find all the other recordings and other reviews of the conference.

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“As more and more devices are connected, there are two futures when it comes to privacy. Which one will we pick?” Danny Bradbury contemplates on the privacy issues and pervasiveness of the Internet of Things and wonders: Is personal data going to be the next natural resource, mined like oil? Read the full article on The Guardian.

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Here you find the recording of the 8th Session of the Post-Digital Scholar Conference on “Books as Data” with : Bernhard Rieder (University of Amsterdam), Adriaan van der Weel (University of Leiden) and Julianne Nyhan (University College London), moderated by Michael Dieter.

Here you can find all the other recordings and other reviews of the conference.

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Here you can find all the other recordings and other reviews of the conference.

Today we publish the video recording of the 6th session of the Post-Digital Scholar Conference in Lüneburg. The 6th Session had the title “Scholarly Publishing in the Eye of an Entrepreneur”, with Janneke Adema (Coventry University), Nathaniel Tkacz (University of Warwick), Armin Beverungen (Leuphana University), Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute) and Helge Peters (Oxford University), moderated by Andreas Krichner (Hybrid Publishing Lab).

Here you can find all the other recordings and other reviews of the conference.

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Here you find the video recording of the Post-Digital Scholar Conference-Session 5 on “Piracy and Open Access”. On Stage: Gary Hall (Coventry University), Bodo Balasz (University of Amsterdam) and Henry Warwick (Ryerson University in Toronto), moderated by Michael Dieter.

Here you can find all the other recordings and other reviews of the conference.

Today we publish the video recording of the forth session of the Post-Digital Scholar Conference in Lüneburg. The forth Session had the title “Scholarly Publishing in the Eye of an Entrepreneur”, with Kathryn Eccles (Oxford Internet Institute), René König (Karlsruhe Institue of Technology), Jonas Liepmann (iversity) and Cornelius Puschmann (Humboldt University Berlin):

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Today we publish the video recording of the third session of the Post-Digital Scholar Conference in Lüneburg. The third Session had the title “The Philosophy of the Book and its Changes”, starting with short Lightning Talks on the Projects at the Hybrid Publishing Lab and followed by Keynotes for the Session by Kathleen Fitzpatrick (New York University) and Christoph Bläsi (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz):

Here you can find all the other recordings and other reviews of the conference.