This post was originally published on the HIRMEOS blog on 19 Nov 2018 and is reposted here with permission.
Within the HIRMEOS project, Göttingen University Press aims to add on its platform new services that allow for deeper interaction with Open Access monographs. The University Press is pleased to announce that now it is possible to annotate all its publications within the browser through the Hypothesis annotation tool.
Hypothesis, an established and widely used annotation framework adopted by several university presses and scholarly publishers, opens up new opportunities for innovative interaction with digital monographs. Scholars could, for example, set up dedicated “Calls for Annotation” to intensify discussion on a specific topic. An interesting example is the Call for Annotations from the Hypothesis Reading Group for James Brown’s Ethical Programs.
Teaching and learning can also benefit enormously from this technology; for example, it is possible to discuss course materials and other resources in private groups.
How to use the Hypothesis tool on the Platform of Göttingen University Press
To annotate a publication of Göttingen University Press, you will find a “View and Annotate” link down at the page of each publication, under the tab “Details”. By clicking you will be redirected to a PDF-viewer, where the Hypothesis tool is now integrated.
To post a comment, simply click on the arrow button on the right and log in to your existing Hypothesis account or to create a new one. To register an account you need to enter your name and a valid email address. Using the service is free of charge. Once you are logged in, you can annotate, highlight text passages, reply to existing public annotations, and more. You decide whether you want to leave private notes for yourself or whether you want your comments to be readable by others too. To start group discussions you can set up a private group that lets you share comments solely within this group.