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11 Jan, 2006
A web service for annotation of online documents.

A summary of the eLAWS (e-Learning Annotation Web Service) project funded by the distributed e-learning strand. This description takes the form of a questionnaire

Describe the tool you are building

The tool allows learners to add comments, links and images into the body of existing web pages and share these additions with other learners. It does this without the need to rewrite the original document.

What problem do you see the development of this tool helping to address? (ie the rationale for your project)

The project addresses the problem of learners being unable to add personal contextual information into existing web pages to enable greater understanding and engagement with the material.

Who do you see the being the primary user(s) of this tool?

Learners collaborating on documents or seeking to develop a greater understanding of the material. Content providers retrieving annotations to identify areas of possible improvement in the original material.

How do you see your tool being used?

It is envisaged that learners will use the tool to create annotations, which they may share with others, and produce automatic reports for revision purposes. Content providers may obtain reports about their content to find areas for improvement.

To use your tool, what infrastructure etc (if any) will be needed? (ie - could it be used stand-alone? Would it need a VLE/other system to be in place?)

The tool provides both the user interface and the processing server and can therefore be used as a standalone system. However, the system requires a Java Enterprise Server (such as Tomcat, JBoss, WebLogic), a database server (such as Oracle, MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server) and a network connection.


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