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Annonatate (uh·naa·nuh·tate) is an application that allows you to create annotations on images in an open source standard. Because of it's open source nature these annotations can be used with many other tools. Annonatate also is compatible with IIIF images and/or IIIF manifests.

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Features of Annonatate

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Flexible & Collaborative

Annonatate was built to be a tool for both teaching, learning, individual research projects and small scale digital exhibits. As such it is customizable to meet your needs. Users can choose if they want to create annotations with Annotorious or Mirador 2. You can also update which fields you want to display for annotating in the Annotorious viewer. You can invite users to collaborate with you on your repositories and use your annotations with other tools and in other websites.

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Never lose your work!

Most services provide users a way to export their data out of their systems but users are reliant on the system to continuing to exist. Annonatate doesn't work this way. If this site were to go down tomorrow you would not lose anything. All your annotations are saved to a GitHub repository that you own.

image showing JSON-LD annotation page that gets created when using Annonatate.

Built on open standards

Annonatate uses open standards which guarantees that your annotations are in a non-proprietary format. This allows for greater interoperability for users. The annotations and images on Digital Dickens Note Project’s Bleak House page were created using Annonatate. The creators were then able to use Mirador, an application that uses the same open standards, to display their annotations.

Image portrait of Hasan Ali Mirza Shuja al-Saltana and text describing Wax from homepage.

Integrates with Wax

Wax is a template for creating minimal small scale exhibits. In order to currently use Wax you need knowledge of how to run command line scripts. Annonatate removes this requirement by running the scripts for you via a form. Your site can get easily built via the interface and you can create annotations that can be displayed in the site.

Image showing Broughton hall annotation over image section that was annotated.

Open Source

Annonatate is an open source software. You can host your own version using our code located on GitHub

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Host your own images

Annonatate allows users to upload your own images. The application will create a IIIF manifest (to tie multiple images together) and tiled images for a smoother viewing experience.