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Social Annotations in Digital Library Collections

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Title:Social Annotations in Digital Library Collections
Authors:Gazan, Rich
Keywords:Online social networks
Question-answering systems
Date Issued:2008
Citation:Rich Gazan (2008). Social Annotations in Digital Library Collections. D-Lib 14(11/12).
Abstract:In order to incorporate Web 2.0 functionality effectively, digital libraries must fundamentally recast users not just as content consumers, but as content creators. This article analyzes the integration of social annotations – uncontrolled user-generated content – into digital collection items. The literature review briefly summarizes the value of annotations and finds that there is conceptual room to include user-generated content in digital libraries, that they have been imagined as forums for social interaction since their inception, and that encouraging a collaborative approach to knowledge discovery and creation might make digital libraries serve as boundary objects that increase participation and engagement. The results of an ongoing case study of a Web 2.0 question and answer site that has made a similar transition from factual to social content are analyzed, and eight decision points for digital libraries to consider when integrating social annotations with digital collection items are proposed.
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