Content enrichment through dynamic annotation

George Weir, George Lepouras, Costas Vassilakis
Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, ICES 04, 2004

This paper describes a technique for interceding between users and the information that they browse. This facility, that we term 'dynamic annotation', affords a means of editing Web page content 'on-the-fly' between the source Web server and the requesting client. Thereby, we have a generic means of modifying the content displayed to local users by addition, removal or reforming any information sourced from the World-Wide Web, whether this derives from local or remote pages. For some time, we have been exploring the scope for this device and we believe that it affords many potential worthwhile applications. Here, we describe two varieties of use. The first variety focuses on support for individual users in two contexts (second-language support and second language learning). The second variety of use focuses on support for groups of users. Once again, this is illustrated in two contexts (intra-group support and inter-group support). These differing applications have a common goal which is to enrich the knowledge content of the materials placed before the user. Dynamic annotation provides a potent and flexible means to this end.

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