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Stephen Downes

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I've resisted covering the recent buzz around the hypothes.is annotation service on the ground that most of it seemed like marketing buzz.I still do. This article introduces annotation as an ancient scholarly trend. I view annotation as an ancient technology trend; I was covering it more than a decade ago - here's Annotea, here's Wikalong, and there's more. Annotation is a hard problem, and the web is littered with failures. Hard because it requires so much cooperation between vendors. Hard because it allows strangers to comment on your web site. Hard because a billion web users can create a deluge of content. But hey - there's a W3C standard for annotations, and the idea just won't go away.

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