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Instead of designing a new model for annotating research objects and their constituent resources, we investigated two RDF-based models, namely the Open Annotation and Collaboration (OAC) and the Annotation Ontology (AO) [http://www.jbiomedsem.com/content/2/S2/S4]. Following several considerations, we finally decided the use of the Annotation Ontology. Technically the two models compares fairly equal, so this choice was done mainly for political-social reasons, for instance myGrid has a product called Utopia, which can use AO. The way we intend to use the annotation model should be fairly interchangeable with OAC should we change our mind. In addition both teams are actively working on consolidating the two models.

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