Until now, researchers have had no uniform way of taking and organizing personal notes, collaborating with others, or engaging in public discussions on documents across the web. Existing solutions are limited in scope, proprietary and poor quality.
Publishers struggle to differentiate themselves when their content ends up as PDFs uploaded to large scholarly networks, where the true engagement happens.
We envision a world in which a standards based annotation capability functions everywhere on the web without restriction.
Your content can stay on your site, and can be enhanced by layers of annotation curated by authors, community members and others.
Author’s notes, invited discussions, published reviews, enhanced footnotes and better tools for researchers can give your journal the edge that increases submissions and keeps your readers at your site.
Your content shouldn’t have to be uploaded somewhere else in order to come alive.
Choose a community, not just a product.
Join the community that’s taking control of its future by adopting open-source, standards-based annotation technology instead of proprietary, siloed offerings that are mutually incompatible.
Hypothesis is the nonprofit working at the center of the open annotation community.
- We created the space, built the first framework, and drove the standards that now define it.
- In 2015, we launched the Annotating All Knowledge coalition that now counts over 70 of the largest scholarly publishers and platforms.
- We also host I Annotate, the industry conference on annotation now in its fifth year that brings together developers, educators, journalists, publishers, scholars and many others involved in bringing annotation to the world.
It works everywhere.
We offer a unique proposition — the ability for researchers, scholars, students and citizens to take notes on or collaborate around any content anywhere.
Services which only work where they’re embedded fundamentally fail the promise that standards-based web annotation offers, namely a single platform that works everywhere.
Why will your users adopt annotation if it only works on your content?
Open source technology brings many benefits — most fundamentally that others can contribute to, extend, or fork the code. It also helps protect you from being locked into technology that you can’t control. Hypothesis’ permissive BSD-2 license means that if you ever decide you want to run it yourself, you’re free to do so — no questions asked, no royalties due. We believe passionately that in order for this new paradigm to take root at web scale, it must be completely free and open in every sense.
Become a partner.
Hypothesis is a mission-focused nonprofit supported by like-minded partner organizations like you. We are here for the long haul and cannot be bought by your competition, or anyone else who wants to shut it down.
A shared roadmap.
Our partners decide our roadmap and in many cases also fund new development, contributed back as open source improvements to our shared codebase. As an example, NYU Press approached us to suggest that we work with the ReadiumJS core team to bring annotation to ebooks. That work will finish Summer 2017, after which it will be available for anyone to reuse for their own purposes.
Best in class features.
We believe open source software should be substantially better than it’s closed counterparts. With industry firsts like private groups, publisher groups, moderation, UX customization, HTML <> PDF cross-format anchoring, DOI support, direct linking, a powerful faceted search function, an open API, support for MathML and rich media, Hypothesis has led essentially every innovation in this space, period. Our roadmap for the years ahead is packed with key improvements that will dramatically expand the capabilities and potential of web annotation from here.
Easy to implement.