Welcoming Aron Carroll

Earlier this summer Aron Carroll joined the team here at Hypothesis. That makes this post a little overdue, but no less enthusiastic. Aron has a solid history of interests and work extremely relevant to our team here and the broader annotation community. Recently, Aron worked at Readmill fine tuning their user experience through data-driven improvements…

Annotating educational resources

On June 9-10, the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE), Hypothes.is, and Lumen Learning convened a 2-day summit focused on the annotation of open educational resources (OER). The meeting’s principal organizer was Ahrash Bissell of MITE. Education is a compelling environment for annotation because the practice of annotation in educational settings has value for…

Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Hypothes.is Project is pleased to announce an award for $752,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to investigate the use of annotation in humanities and social science scholarship over a two year period. Our partners in this grant include Michigan Publishing at the University of Michigan; Project MUSE at the Johns Hopkins University; Project…

Peer Review and Annotation

On May 15-16, 2014, approximately 60 attendees from AAAS and arXiv to the W3C joined Hypothes.is at an Alfred P. Sloan funded meeting at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) offices in Washington DC to explore new models of peer review and post-publication commentary in the sciences. As background, Alfred P. Sloan provided support Hypothes.is and…

Fund: Cross-browser support

We are very proud to announce the first award under our Open Annotation Fund of $7500 to the Open Gov Foundation for work by Chris Birk and Bill Hunt for cross-browser support in Annotator. Their funded proposal is included below: Summary The OpenGov Foundation is dedicated to developing and deploying technologies that support every citizen’s…

An Open Annotation Fund

Today we are formally announcing the availability of a $50k USD fund for Open Annotation software projects. Overview: Interest in annotation is making big strides. Specifically Open Annotation, the web-based, implementation of an interoperable, standards-based annotation paradigm that promises to become a new layer over human knowledge. In just a few short years a worldwide…

Welcoming Benjamin Young

This Monday we added Benjamin Young to the Hypothes.is team as Developer Advocate. Developer Advocacy is a key role in spreading knowledge and know-how among developers, encouraging use of world changing ideas, and generally banging the drum about the greatness of something. We believe the Web is super great, and it could be even better…

I Annotate 2014, reprised.

Hypothes.is hosted the second I Annotate meeting in San Francisco from April 3-6, and we think it was a tremendous success. I Annotate brings together the worldwide annotation community to share developments, insights, challenges, and forge new connections. This year there was a marked sense of progress from last year, with a noticeable move from…

Major award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Hypothes.is is pleased to announce a major award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to advance “Open, Digital Annotation for Scholarly Communication.” The award will support work with our partners, the American Geophysical Union (AGU), which is international in scope; eLife Sciences, an open access journal jointly funded by the Max Plank Society, the Howard…

Open Book 2014

This weekend, a group of about 50 developers met at the historic NY Public Library for the Open Book 2014 Hackathon with the goal of imagining a new future of digital books, as well as advancing the open source and open API building blocks needed for diverse ecosystems of authors, designers, developers, publishers, libraries, booksellers,…

Books in Browsers IV

Amidst the temple-like setting of the Internet Archive, Hypothes.is and the Frankfurt Book Fair, with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, swissnex San Francisco, and many sponsors, held the fourth edition of Books in Browsers, the leading summit for the cutting edge of innovation in publishing. Over 200 attendees gathered to hear over…

Open Ebooks

Digital publishing is one of the most exciting and most depressing areas on the web. “Exciting” because we are witnessing the dawn of a revolution in communications, and “depressing” because the revolution is too often proprietary. At Hypothes.is, we want the revolution to be open. My goal this summer was to enable open annotation in…

Re-Engineering Government

During a time of intense political change and government dysfunction, a focus on open government– bringing transparency to government affairs and information, while facilitating engagement by citizenry in the governing process– is on everyone’s mind. On October 4, with the federal government in full shutdown mode, a hardy band of open government advocates, public officials…

A Grant from the Knight Foundation

This is a cross-posting of an article that first appeared at the Knight Foundation Blog. Journalism is moving from something that a small number of professionals perform to something that citizens and journalists can collaborate on. The Internet has played the central role in enabling this trend, and emerging technologies can accelerate it. Open annotation,…

Annotating the law

This last week, Hypothes.is coordinated our second “tiger team,” convening communities likely to have a strong interest in open annotation, interaction, and new forms of access. Our first tiger team was on journalism; our most recent event, on annotation and the law, was co-hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University….

Q2 Update

2013 has been an exciting year so far. We last sent out news in January. Moving forward we’ll be providing quarterly updates. Launch time We are working on a few remaining features necessary before we begin a gradual release process this fall. Beginning in September we’ll be testing annotation in a number of college classrooms…

Annotating the news

The desire to engage in a conversation – and to debate – is central to human experience. At Hypothes.is, we’re trying to bring that capability to the web. We realize that how and what we annotate is likely to be quite different depending on the subject and the material: journalism, policy, law, scholarly publishing, and…

501.c3 Determination

Hypothes.is has received its official US IRS 501.c3 letter of determination, meaning we can enjoy tax-exempt status as a US non-profit corporation. While it’s an administrative detail in support of our larger strategy, it’s a substantial milestone for us and means that we can now accept funds directly without the need for the services of…

Guidance for Web Publishers

Hypothes.is lets you annotate the Web. However, some things work better if we know just a little bit more about the web resource that you are annotating. For example, imagine you are annotating the second page of a New York Times article. You probably want to see your annotation when you are looking at the…

Cross Format Annotation

In 1960 I had a vision of a world-wide system of electronic publishing, anarchic and populist, where anyone could publish anything and anyone could read it. (So far, sounds like the web.) But my approach is about literary depth– including side-by-side intercomparison, annotation, and a unique copyright proposal. I now call this “deep electronic literature”…

Epub.js: Bringing Open Annotation to Books

Why should we annotate books? Here’s a short story to illustrate: Once upon a time, there were two notable ink-makers, Amaz and Applet (there were others of course, but those two were the most important ink makers of the day). Both made special inks whose writing could only be read by people who subscribed to…

Fuzzy anchoring

Overview A large part of the unique potential of annotation comes from its ability to point inside media to specific places. Because of this, we must be able to reliably reference these specific locations in web resources, beginning with text. Hypertext links generally point to the top of documents and other web-connected media, which is…

I Annotate 2013: Our Take

Last week, about 100 technologists, hackers, publishers, scientists, scholars and librarians from around the world gathered at Fort Mason in San Francisco, CA for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded I Annotate conference. The conference, hosted by Hypothes.is, focused on the twin objectives of showcasing progress in the annotation toolbox and exploring how to jumpstart…

Designers and Geeks

Recently we had the opportunity to present to Joe Robinson’s excellent Designers and Geeks series, which we gladly accepted. Several hundred local designers gathered this last Thursday at Yelp, and they graciously videoed the presentation.

I Annotate: A Workshop.

After two decades of progress in infrastructure and web technologies, we believe the time is finally at hand to realize the widespread annotation of human knowledge. On a recent call a suggestion was made to bring together people building annotation solutions with those that ultimately will use them. The obvious sensibility of that idea led…

Embedded Annotations

One of the key features of annotation is the ability to link not only to the top of a document, but to passages within it. We can think of an annotation as an arrow with a payload, pointing at a target. The target in this analogy is a piece of text at a certain point…

Welcoming Peter Brantley

As Hypothes.is moves from an early concept to a functional prototype and ultimately to a deployed application, it is essential that we organize ourselves to understand the primary communities of interest that we’re targeting. Of these, the scholarly community (scholars, scientists, journals, publishers and their various institutions) is certainly the most important. Members of this…

2012 End of Year Update

Friends of Hypothes.is, While we've been fairly regular in our code contributions on github, in our tweets and more recently on our blog, we're past due for an outbound communication to everyone who's supported us over the last year and is curious about the state of activity here. A lot happened in 2012. We secured…

Our Interface

Our project aims to allow the collaborative evaluation of information on the web. Our entry point is a website annotation tool. At this stage, there are a few goals for the interface. We must make it easy to annotate text. Just highlight the text you would like to annotate, and click on the pen icon…

Shuttleworth Fellowship

Hypothes.is has just been awarded a Shuttleworth Fellowship for the 2013 year. Though the fellowship is technically awarded to an individual, the considerable funding it provides will help us bring on additional folks to deliver a fully functioning prototype and begin launching within early communities of interest by the end of this next year. The…

An Open Letter to Marc Andreessen and Rap Genius

When I got up this morning, I saw the remarkable news that VC firm Andreessen-Horowitz had announced a $15M investment in rap music annotation site Rap Genius. Congratulations to the team. I’m a huge fan of Rap Genius, and really look forward to seeing where they’ll take this next. (Plus, it’s always great to close…

Soul searching

We’ve been busy. In particular we’ve been thinking hard about the multitude of design decisions that inevitably present themselves in a project like this. How do we build an experience capable of showing hundreds or thousands of annotations on a page simply and elegantly. How do we create functionality that’s there when you want it,…

Why we do what we do

Recently we became aware of an opportunity to join ReadyForce’s Hacker Tour 2012 of top US Computer Science and Engineering schools, as they reach out to graduating students interested in opportunities with startups.  We were offered a position as one of two non-profits on the tour, and we gladly accepted. As we begin to bring…

New Scientist covers fact-checking

Jim Giles has written perhaps the best piece yet on the landscape of fact-checking in a New Scientist piece that published today (archival PDF). He details a range of efforts, both editorial and automated, current and proposed, methodically addressing both the promise as well as the challenges and obvious questions in a remarkably balanced way. It’s…

Acceleration.

We’re now the proud recipient of a $525k grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Digital Information Technology program. We were first approached by Josh Greenberg, the program director, last fall during our Kickstarter funding drive. Later that year, they provided an initial $20k grant for our Reputation Modeling Workshop this past February. After the…

Reimagining peer-review

Late last year I was approached by Hilmar Lapp at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center to keynote their iEvoBio conference in Ottawa this July, immediately following the historic Evolution 2012 conference also in Ottawa this year – the “First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology.” I was impressed by the Open Source Commitment that captures the central…