About judell

Jon Udell, Director of Integrations at Hypothesis, is an author, information architect, software developer, and new media innovator. His 1999 book, Practical Internet Groupware, helped lay the foundation for what we now call social software. Udell was formerly a software developer at Lotus, BYTE Magazine's executive editor and Web maven, and an independent consultant. A hands-on thinker, Udell's analysis of industry trends has always been informed by his own ongoing experiments with software, information architecture, and new media. From 2002 to 2006 he was InfoWorld's lead analyst, author of the weekly Strategic Developer column, and blogger-in-chief. During his InfoWorld tenure he also pioneered the medium now known as screencasting and produced an audio show, Interviews with Innovators. From 2007 to 2014 Udell worked for Microsoft as a writer, interviewer, speaker, and experimental software developer. He created the Elm City calendar network, a service based on open standards that runs in the Windows Azure cloud, and worked on Thali, a P2P technology that enables people to control their online identities and share their data securely. In 2015 he joined Hypothesis to help build an open annotation layer for the web.

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, [...]

By |2017-06-22T22:53:25-07:0027 Apr 2016|

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 [...]

By |2017-04-28T07:11:55-07:0012 Apr 2016|

SciBot: Machine and human annotators working together

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, [...]

By |2018-12-18T12:24:07-08:004 Mar 2016|

DIY @mentions

A posse of Hypothesis users got together for delightful exploration that started with Playful Annotation in the Open and continued in the Hypothesis annotation layer for that blog post. (And then in an annotation layer on that annotation layer!) One of the questions that came up was about @mentions:   Until @mentions are an in-app feature [...]

By |2016-02-21T17:51:15-08:0021 Feb 2016|

The Annotated FAQ

A few weeks ago we published a frequently-asked questions page at https://hypothes.is/faq. In the time-honored tradition of the internet FAQ, we want ours to be a living document that evolves as we add features and interact with users. That tradition is often more honored in the breach than the observance, but we have an ace [...]

By |2017-05-30T10:49:06-07:0028 Jan 2016|

An Illustrated Taxonomy of Annotation Types

I'm often asked: "What does the Hypothes.is software do?" The elevator pitch is easy. "Visit a web page, then select some text and annotate with comments or tags. You'll see those annotations when you return to the page, and so will other Hypothesis users." As a general proposition that seems to make sense to almost [...]

By |2020-09-29T11:13:29-07:006 Jan 2016|

Annotating to extract findings from scientific papers

David Kennedy is a neurobiologist who periodically reviews the literature in his field and extracts findings, which are structured interpretations of statements in scientific papers. He recently began using Hypothesis to mark up the raw materials for these findings, which he then manually compiles into a report that looks like this:     The report [...]

By |2017-05-30T10:12:29-07:0015 Dec 2015|

Introducing Groups

Our mission here at Hypothesis is to enable a conversation over the world's knowledge. So far that's been a public conversation. But some conversations need to flourish in private spaces. You've always been able to create private annotations that only you can see but, until today, not annotations visible only to a group. That's what we're launching [...]

By |2017-05-30T10:10:58-07:003 Nov 2015|

Do-it-yourself anchoring and the evolution of the Hypothesis toolkit

Here's a picture of a web page with two annotations made using Hypothesis. If you're familiar with our tool, you'll notice that these highlights are unusual. Normally they're yellow, here they're gray and green. Another difference: hovering over an annotation's highlight displays its text in a tooltip. Opening the Hypothesis sidebar reveals the source of [...]

By |2017-05-30T10:29:25-07:0020 Aug 2015|

Using Atom feeds to receive Hypothesis notifications in Slack

Update: We have since implemented RSS and that turns out to be a better solution than Atom for Slack integration. To use it, just change stream.atom to stream.rss in the examples here. At Hypothesis we've recently started using Slack for team communication. We've also recently spruced up our Atom feed. Let's look at how you [...]

By |2017-05-24T17:56:09-07:0016 Jul 2015|