About pbrantley

Peter Brantley was previously Director of Scholarly Communication at Hypothesis and the Director of the BookServer Project at the Internet Archive, where he developed new business models in distributing digital books, and fostered the publication, distribution, and access to digital content based on open formats and standards. Peter has thought deeply about one of the essential components for broad annotation of the world's knowledge: open peer review. His 2012 report for an Andrew W. Mellon-funded study on the requirements for implementing open, online peer-to-peer review reads very close to a system functional specification. He is also the convener of the Books in Browsers conference, a summit for software developers and UX designers creating new forms of storytelling. He is a contributing editor to Publishers Weekly, and previously served on the board of the International Digital Publishing Forum, the standards-setting body for digital books.

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 [...]

By |2017-05-30T10:56:49-07:001 Jul 2014|

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 [...]

By |2017-06-28T23:23:17-07:009 Jun 2014|

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 [...]

By |2015-01-26T22:57:52-08:007 Jun 2014|

I Annotate 2014, Reprised

Hypothesis 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 [...]

By |2020-12-03T13:45:49-08:0011 Apr 2014|

Major Award From the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Hypothesis 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 [...]

By |2020-03-22T18:01:54-07:0028 Mar 2014|

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 [...]

By |2017-05-30T10:32:49-07:002 Nov 2013|

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 and civic [...]

By |2017-05-30T10:35:49-07:0018 Oct 2013|

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. [...]

By |2015-05-05T04:50:02-07:0019 Aug 2013|

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 [...]

By |2015-01-26T23:02:09-08:0023 Jul 2013|

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. Hosted by Hypothesis, the conference focused on the twin objectives of showcasing progress in the annotation toolbox and exploring how to jumpstart [...]

By |2020-12-04T10:28:41-08:0018 Apr 2013|