Teaching Students to Marshal Evidence and Evaluate Claims

Note: This post appeared in EDUCAUSE Review vol. 52, no. 2 (March/April 2017), and is reprinted here with permission. A month before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, President Barack Obama spoke at the White House Frontiers Conference and said: “We’re going to have to rebuild, within this Wild Wild West of information flow, some sort … Continued

Annotating TV news

The Internet Archive’s TV News Archive is a remarkable resource that provides video clips of TV news shows since 2009, text-searchable by means of their closed captions. Annotation of that caption text enables anyone to zoom in on specific moments and language in the TV timeline, bookmark it, and start a conversation linked to text and video. It’s a great way to use TV news as a primary source in education, journalism, and research.

A Hypothesis-powered toolkit for fact checkers

In Annotating the wild west of information flow we sketched one of the ways annotation can help combat the plague of fake news. The approach we imagine there — an annotation-powered toolkit that supports an emerging standard for fact checking — remains a thought experiment. But journalists aren’t the only ones who need to master the critical thinking skills and digital literacies required of fact-checkers. These skills and literacies are now required of everyone, and not only to gauge the credibility of news. We all are fishing in seas of information for facts to support evidence-based professional practices.

How do we teach people to fish? Hypothesis is collaborating with one effort to do that. The Digital Polarization Initiative (Digipo) is a template for a college course that will lead students through exercises to analyze and fact-check news stories. The pedagogical approach, described here by project leader Mike Caulfield, is evolving. In parallel we’ve been evolving a toolkit to help students research and organize the raw evidence for the analyses they’ll be asked to produce. Annotation is a key component of the toolkit, which is implemented as a Chrome extension that works closely with Hypothesis.

Annotating the wild west of information flow

At the White House Frontiers Conference last week, President Obama made this appeal for online fact-checking. We’re going to have to rebuild, within this wild west of information flow, some sort of curating function that people agree to. … There has to be a way we can sort through information that passes some basic “truthiness” … Continued

Viewing and exporting Hypothesis annotations

We’re delighted to see Roderic Page and Kris Shaffer putting the Hypothesis API to work. For us, the API isn’t just a great way to integrate Hypothesis with other systems. It’s also a way to try out ideas that inform the development of Hypothesis. Today I’ll share two of those ideas. One is a faceted … Continued

I Annotate 2016

Our I Annotate conference has, since 2013, brought together users, developers, and standards-makers who share a common vision of an annotation-enabled web. In 2013, 2014, and 2015 we held the conference at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. This year we moved the venue to the Microsoft Atrium in Berlin. Why the change? Partly … Continued

Science in the Classroom

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), publisher of Science, provides an educational resource called Science in the Classroom (SitC) that “helps students understand the structure and workings of professional scientific research.” It looks like this: Graduate students provide annotations that are categorized as shown in the Learning Lens widget. Readers select one … Continued

A coalition for scholarly annotation

On April 17th, the Annotating all Knowledge coalition gathered in Portland to begin the work of defining, designing, and implementing a common framework for scholarly collaboration. Members of the coalition include publishers, platform providers, librarians, standards makers, and technologists who share a common interest in annotation of all scholarly content for the benefit of scientists, … Continued

Direct Linking

If you click here, one of two things will happen. With the Hypothesis extension installed, you’ll open a page at dougengelbart.org where the Hypothesis sidebar will open and focus on one annotation. The annotation highlights this sentence in an email written by Eugene Eric Kim: Over the past several months, I have found the granular … Continued

Introducing developer API tokens

Last April, at I Annotate Hack Days, several of the developers who showed up wanted to use the Hypothesis API not only to read annotations but also to create them. With help from Randall Leeds, Raymond Yee built an API wrapper that included a way to make authenticated calls to the Hypothesis API. Since then, … Continued