25, March 2010 | Published : Research |
In this research axis, IRI wants to stray aside from the dominant anglo-saxon conception where « annotation » tends to refer at every kind of metadata, produced by a machine or by a human being. Here, we would like to set appart the process of indexing ( or brodaly the engineering of knowledge, which also covers the definition of « ontologies ») and the process of annotation (or the engineering of information and the human production of metadata which may be or not assisted by a machine).
This research is acknowledgedly empirical as it is rooted in the analysis of identified cultural practices and notably the operative strings which compose the act of annotation which we try to instrumentalize (in the sense of a general organology as defined by Bernard Stiegler) to go beyond them. Research on the tools of indexing is essential in the field of critical apparatus, as it follows closely the act of annotation.
IRI is, thereby, studing, imaginating and developing new kind of tools for annotation and critical apparatus, based on the combination of information and metadata architectures, with hypermediatic navigation interfaces, with algorithmic modules for the detection of signals and modules for the visualization of data (mapping). The results of this research are regularly used to update « Ligne de Temps », the IRI software for the annotation of temporal objects (music, recordings etc.). The research in this field has progressively turned toward the dynamic annotation of oral and written language, and the annotation of pictures.