About Annotations

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.

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Image Functions

Image URL

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”

SVG Editor

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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.

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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.

Annotation Functions


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