As social annotation becomes more widely used in various contexts, including education, journalism/fact-checking, publishing, and scholarship, people are generating streams of interesting data about collaborative reading that has never before been available at this scale. At Hypothesis, we are excited by what we can learn from this data about how people interact with and generate knowledge, and we are committed to ensuring that research about social annotation is conducted collaboratively and ethically with our partners. With these priorities, we are launching an ongoing program to advance the field of collaborative research about social annotation.

Our program will center on research about social annotation itself, rather than research about other topics that use social annotation as a tool. Hypothesis will also continue to participate in activities that incorporate social annotation into research practices in various domains, including the natural sciences (as with SciBot), the social sciences (as with Annotation for Transpare