Featured tool: Pundit – open annotation


Pundit, one of the tools featured in our OpenGLAM Culture Labs is a useful tool for creating annotations in Linked Open Data. With Pundit, researchers can add annotations in a digital text and link them to related texts or other resources on the net such as DBPedia, Freebase and Geonames. This is done via a so-called RDF-triple, which is a statement linking two pieces of information together (saying for example “quote A” is a comment on “quote B”). In this way scholars are able to publish, share and collaborate around their annotations: a great example of how open digital cultural objects can facilitate new ways of research.

DM2E Pundit Introduction from DM2E on Vimeo.

Developers and designers have been working hard on a new version of Pundit, which will make it possible to annotate faster, more easily and with less distractions. If you want to hear more about Pundit, come and join the Pundit UX/UI event on 2 April in Berlin and share your ideas on Pundit’s User Interface and User Experience. Further details are available on the Pundit website.

Pundit has been developed by the DM2E Project, which is focused on building tools and communities that enable humanities researchers to work with manuscripts in the Linked Open Web. The tool is fully open source: the code and documentation is hosted on Github.