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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 [...]

By |2015-01-26T23:03:22-08:0030 May 2013|

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 [...]

By |2017-11-21T15:30:35-08:0022 Apr 2013|

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.

By |2015-01-26T23:09:01-08:0027 Feb 2013|

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 [...]

By |2015-01-26T23:09:10-08:006 Feb 2013|

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 [...]

By |2015-01-26T23:09:21-08:005 Feb 2013|

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 [...]

By |2017-02-23T10:50:07-08:0022 Jan 2013|

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 [...]

By |2020-03-22T17:34:13-07:001 Jan 2013|

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 [...]

By |2020-06-18T09:17:19-07:0031 Dec 2012|

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 [...]

By |2015-01-26T23:11:23-08:003 Oct 2012|

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, [...]

By |2021-05-20T08:51:19-07:0027 Sep 2012|