Brief Introduction to Annotea

Annotea is a framework for semantic annotations, bookmarks, and topics focusing on sharing of the objects and collaboration in document context. Annotea gets its inspiration from observing users’ needs and problems and developing user scenarios based on those observations. Annotea sees humans as meaning makers. They create concepts, make associations, comment, clarify, annotate, review, organize, bookmark, tag, and file information into categories or organize it into folders. When humans learn something new they augment and modify their existing cognitive models with new personal concepts. Typically, these concepts are vague at first but as they become more precise they can be shared with other users and developed further collaboratively.