Collaborative reading in research and scholarship has a long history. With the increased use of digital texts, web annotation makes it possible to add scholarly discussion in the margins of any document, anchored on specific passages or data points. New practices arise: When each annotation has a unique address, the discussion itself can participate as a first-class scholarly object. Both people and friendly robots can enrich texts with additional layers of information and analysis.

Bring Hypothesis into your research and scholarship: Create your own account and equip your browser or website with social annotation.