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 |2020-06-18T09:17:19-07:00December 31st, 2012|

Shuttleworth Fellowship

Hypothes.is has just been awarded a Shuttleworth Fellowship for the 2013 year. Though the fellowship is technically awarded to an individual, the considerable funding it provides will help us bring on additional folks to deliver a fully functioning prototype and begin launching within early communities of interest by the end of this next year. The [...]

By |2015-01-26T23:11:08-08:00December 21st, 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 |2015-01-26T23:11:23-08:00October 3rd, 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 |2017-06-20T22:24:38-07:00September 27th, 2012|

Why we do what we do

Recently we became aware of an opportunity to join ReadyForce's Hacker Tour 2012 of top US Computer Science and Engineering schools, as they reach out to graduating students interested in opportunities with startups. We were offered a position as one of two non-profits on the tour, and we gladly accepted. As we begin to bring [...]

By |2020-03-22T17:38:02-07:00September 21st, 2012|

New Scientist covers fact-checking

Jim Giles has written perhaps the best piece yet on the landscape of fact-checking in a New Scientist piece that published today (archival PDF). He details a range of efforts, both editorial and automated, current and proposed, methodically addressing both the promise as well as the challenges and obvious questions in a remarkably balanced way. It's [...]

By |2015-04-29T09:03:39-07:00September 18th, 2012|


We're now the proud recipient of a $525k grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Digital Information Technology program. We were first approached by Josh Greenberg, the program director, last fall during our Kickstarter funding drive. Later that year, they provided an initial $20k grant for our Reputation Modeling Workshop this past February. After the [...]

By |2014-09-01T19:59:01-07:00September 12th, 2012|

Reimagining peer-review

Late last year I was approached by Hilmar Lapp at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center to keynote their iEvoBio conference in Ottawa this July, immediately following the historic Evolution 2012 conference also in Ottawa this year - the "First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology." I was impressed by the Open Source Commitment that captures the central [...]

By |2015-01-26T23:12:07-08:00August 8th, 2012|
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