In this tool tip we introduce hypothes.is, a free platform to annotate online material. In the series of 'Tool tips', Library staff reviews handy research tools. These tools may help you to publish your research, access literature, and handle data.
It can be quite challenging to keep track of your notes about material you read online. How to link the notes to the source and search through the notes? A tool like hypothes.is might help with annotating online sources. Hypothesis is a nonprofit organization and supports the development of open technologies and practices, which perfectly fits in the transition towards Open Science. Once registered you can create public annotations, private annotations or share your annotation in a private group.
At the end of 2019 hypothes.is contained 8 million annotations on over 800,000 different documents. Since many annotations are public, hypothes.is also serves as a databases to find comments of others. You can search this database with public comments on e.g. specific domains or words on the page or in the comments.
Brightspace and hypothes.is
Furthermore, hypothes.is can be used in teaching as well, since integration with a Learning Management System (LMS) as Brightspace is possible. Teachers can use hypothes.is to let students add comments to papers or start a conversation about the texts.
For Chrome users an extension is available. For those who use other browsers a bookmarklet is available to annotate while reading online. At any time, you can find your annotations on your profile page. If you wish to export your annotation the platform advices you to use their API (Application Programming Interface).