Google Slideshow version of the presentation for the May 23, 2017 digital humanities workshop.

Thanks to Jeremy Dent of for generously providing the base set of slides. Any errors were introduced by me.

A few questions were raised at the session, and the developers have kindly responded with some responses.

What happens when a web page moves or is taken down? It would fall to the publisher to put in place a redirect (in the case of it moving). If a page is removed, it’s not going to be immediately reachable. The annotation spec in the RFC provides for versioning.

Can I collect and save all my students comments? has a feed function (RSS and Atom) so that you can craft a custom URL and download all of the comments associated with a web page.

So for example the blog post on the “Looking Glass House”:

Looking Glass House

Has comments that can be retrieved at:

They look like this in the Feedly reader:

Or in Digg:

Or Inoreader:

What about trolls and spammers? Answers to this are in development. There are certainly code-based ways of blocking apps; they hope that at some point to add a publisher opt-out feature more easily. They’re working on an “abuse” flag, which would let such comments be more easily identified and removed.

In a group, you can limit it to members; they are also a feature in development to create “read only” groups, where a publisher would have full control.