- 1 What is an Annotation?
- 2 How to Annotate an Image
What is an Annotation?
Annotations form the core of the imageMAT tool. Registered users can create an annotation in the following ways: 1. by using the installed bookmarklet, 2. by pasting an image URL into the identified space on the “Create Annotation” page, 3. by pasting a web page URL into the identified space on the “Create Annotation” page, and 4. by uploading images directly from their personal file folders into the identified space on the “Create Annotation” page. Users can also edit or update annotations that they have already worked on, and in some cases may be able to edit or augment the annotations of other authors (see View Permissions for more information.) imageMAT offers a rich-text editor that provides the user with organizational, stylistic, and linguistic flexibility
How to Annotate an Image
When you first log into imageMAT you are automatically taken to the “Create Annotation” environment. If you have logged in via the bookmarklet, the image to be annotated will already be loaded into the left-hand (image) frame. If you wish to manually add an image URL, paste the image URL into the “Paste Image URL into space below” field and press Return on your keyboard.
”Need to add process”
This field identifies the internet location of the image you are annotating. ”needs more”
This field identifies the internet location of the page on which the image you are annotating resides. ”needs more”
”Need thorough description of SVG editor”
Pan and Zoom
At the top left corner of the loaded image, you will see “+” and “-” symbols, as well as “i”. “i” provides instructions about how to pan and zoom using your keyboard and/or mouse to negotiate around the image.
”Include better explanation of how Zoom works vs. how Pan works”
Feature to be Annotated
When you have located the feature of the image you wish to annotate, use the [_] tool to highlight the coordinates of that feature. These coordinates will automatically be added to the annotation record.
Full Frame/Split Frame
The Full Frame button stretches the image frame across the width of the browser. This is particularly helpful if you are working with a very large image. You can return to the default two-frame environment by pressing the “Split Frame” button.
Choose the language in which you will be writing your annotation. imageMAT natively recognizes English, French, German, and Spanish for organizational purposes. The text editor functions in these four languages, however you are able to choose from a long list of relevant languages to incorporate into the body of your annotation (see Relevant Languages below)
If you want to work on your annotation as a draft and are not yet ready to publish it, check the Draft box (by default this box is checked when you create a new annotation). This will allow you to save your progress if, for instance, you have to leave your computer in mid-thought.
Give your annotation a title that clearly identifies the subject of your annotation This will be valuable not only to you, but to anyone with whom you share your annotation.
Example: “Lady Reason’s blue dress”
Add tags to your annotation. Tags are nuanced descriptors that help further categorize your annotation. There is no limit to the number of tags you can attach to an annotation.
Example: Jean de Meun, Lady Reason, female, dress, color, blue, gesture
Choose a template for your annotation. These templates are designed to assist you with proper citation for your annotation. imageMAT offers eleven predefined templates: Architecture, Artifacts, Books, Ceramics, Comics, Graphic Art, Manuscripts, Movie Clip, Painting, Photograph, Sculpture. Each of these templates includes specific fields pertinent to an individual visual category. There is also an “Other” template for as yet unidentified art forms for annotation.
The text editor provides tabs that allow you to format and style the text in your annotation. These tabs are similar to those in word processing systems. The editor also recognizes keyboard shortcuts (command-i for italic, etc.) as well as html tags (<i>word</i> for italic, etc.)
If your annotation includes one or more languages in addition to your major language, click each language in the “Relevant to” scrolling box. To identify multiple languages, command-click on each pertinent listed language. This language relevance function provides additional categorization for your growing list of imageMAT annotations.
Example: your annotation is written in English but it incorporates transcriptions of Latin and Old French that are evident in the image feature.
At the bottom of the annotation frame there are five buttons to assist you with reviewing and saving your annotation.
If you have checked the Draft box at the top of the frame, the “Draft” button is identified at the bottom of the frame. Make sure to press the “Draft” button regularly to save your annotation in progress.
** Note: if this button is not pressed regularly, latest edits may be lost. Examples of why this is important are if you are logged out of your account, your computer crashes, etc.
* If you have unchecked the Draft box at the top of the frame, the “Save” button is identified at the bottom of the frame. The “Save” button creates a published version of the annotation. Each time the “Save” button is pressed, a new version of the annotation is created. You can toggle between “Draft” and “Save” modes by checking or unchecking the Draft box at the top of the frame.
THERE IS CURRENTLY NO SAVE BUTTON, ONLY DRAFT AND PUBLISH. USERS MIGHT NOT UNDERSTAND THAT DRAFT MEANS SAVING TO ONE’S OWN FOLDERS.
The “Preview” button provides a view of the annotation as it will be submitted to the imageMAT server, including all relevant fields. You can return to edit mode by clicking the “Edit” button.
The “Restart” button allows you to erase the annotation and begin again.
Note: once you have pressed the “Restart” button, all work on this annotation will be lots.
Full Frame/Split Screen
As with the image frame, the “Full Frame” button stretches the Annotation frame across the width of the browser, allowing for more writing room. You can return to the default environment by pressing the “Split Screen” button.
The “Help” button takes you to the imageMat Help area, including FAQs and User Forums.
Note: when exiting to the “Help” area, be sure to save your work and make a note of the current annotation title; you will not be automatically returned to the annotation in progress.