I was recently alerted to markup.io, a new Web-based service for annotating public Web sites. In his tweet Pat Lockley observed that this provided “another bo.lt like tool for #ukoer #oer #ocw remixing“.
I installed the Chrome extension to use this service (a bookmarklet is available for other browsers) and annotated the home page for this blog. As can be seen the service creates a copy of the page on the markup.io service with annotations using simple drawings and text tools.
I recently mentioned the Bo.lt service and suggested that although there are obvious copyright concerns in allowing any public Web page to be copied and edited, such an easy-to-use service might be particularly useful in the context of open educational resources (OER) for which licences are available which permits such re-use. It should also be noted that additional annotations can also be added – although it does not appear to be possible to delete annotations, so there will be dangers about graffiti appearing (such as, for example the name of a famous footballer who took out a super-injunction appearing on a BBC news article).
It does strike me, though, that the direct editing of a page which Bo.lt provides does have risks, not least the dangers of the ease of forging content which Bo.lt provides. Although markup.io is also taking a copy of a page and hosting it one its own servers the annotation approach which the service provides seems to minimise risks of forgery. Perhaps this is a useful approach for annotating Web-based OER resources?