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|

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 |2015-01-26T23:11:08-08:0021 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|

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 |2020-03-22T17:38:02-07:0021 Sep 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 |2015-04-29T09:03:39-07:0018 Sep 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 |2014-09-01T19:59:01-07:0012 Sep 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 |2015-01-26T23:12:07-08:008 Aug 2012|