Session Idea: Best practices for multi-dimensional annotation

Recently, I’ve been thinking about expanding a digital project I’m working on (a syntactically annotated corpus of Ancient Greek texts) to include other dimensions of information (in this case, I want to add semantic information). I’m not sure what the best way is to go about adding another layer of information that may conflict with the current hierarchical organization of the text (resulting in overlapping and thus illicit XML tags).

This session could be a help-a-thon if others have experiences to share from working on projects with similar challenges, or it could be more of an abstract discussion of information organization and design.

Helpathon: Reimagine the digital encyclopedia for the 21st Century

The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia is a fledgling project, but we are dreaming big and we need your help!  What should a digital encyclopedia be and do in the 21st century? Could this become a platform that provides access to our region’s many exemplary digital resources?  Could we meet some of the needs that are no longer fulfilled by the mainstream media?  Could we build a resource that helps Philadelphians visualize their place in time and space? How would this work?  What would it look like?  What are the technological challenges and how might we overcome them?

If you will bring your ideas, we will bring a designer who will help us develop the concept sketches to move this project forward.  To see where we are so far, visit the Encyclopedia project’s web site at http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org.  Looking forward to meeting up with you on the 24th!