I. Annotation and Bookmarking tool
It is at this stage that users will, through their annotations as starting point, automatically contribute or create collective value by becoming filterers and provide ease in information discovery for others.
Butterfly, Clipmarks, Diigo, and Mystickies among others, already understand that the internet is about reading and writing hypertext more than just browsing. While Butterfly and Diigo displays annotations as overlays over a page, Clipmarks’s approach is to allow users to clip and add notes eventually presented much like blog entries.
Suggest the following features that current tools may not already have:
- a. underline, highlight or encircle text using different colors.
- b. create/define categories and sub categories or attributes and sub-attributes from identified text or create entirely new ones to file bookmarks and notes to
- c. set sticky notes to visually stay on top, be seen or hidden (to expand only on mouse over)
- d. draw lines to connect annotations and insert notes
- e. insert a marker containing link to another other item e.g. media, link, action/command –such as (create new) as tag,
- f. option to display/ hide all annotations (overlay)
- g. OR display bookmarked pages with annotations in blog form, -screenshot (page as image – visual bookmarking blogmarks or hotlinks) left hand, -notes – snippets of highlighted text and inserted personal notes on the right
- -interface a Toolbar plug-in if not a DHTML menu that expands out on mouse over could be useful.
Would think that a hybrid solution of annotation and clipping are the best approaches for filtering instead of the use of an intermediary page to enter notable data.
- 1) Identifying text that automatically resonates with the reader and supporting the natural flow of thought instead of the interruption of waiting for a new page to enter tags on and requiring more energy to remember what tags to create.
- 2) More often than not, tags intended to be used are already among the clipped or highlighted text.
While the approaches do solve problems in the acceptance and filtering stage, it does not fully take advantage the capabilities of hypertext until it is reused or used at all through the entire data/information transformation cycle. The rest of the solution suggestion will explore this.