Here is our quick introduction to the Hypothes.is annotation tool and a few practice activities to get you annotating with us.
The Hypothesis Project is a new effort to implement an old idea: A conversation layer over the entire web that works everywhere, without needing implementation by any underlying site.
If you were on the web in the NCSA Mosaic era, you may remember annotation briefly being integrated in the first graphic web browser. It was a bit… clumsy.
The modern web has come a long way, and the Hypothes.is project is aligned with the W3C web standards. It will be around for a while. You will learn first hand below, but if curious, see their own explanation of How Hypothes.is Works.
If you have experience using Hypothes.is then you are very likely ready to start annotating (and you can). But it would be collectively helpful if you joined our Week orientation activities and helped others along.
We will start by annotating the About page of this project site where the Hypothes.is tool is automatically enabled. You can log in or create an account without even leaving this site. Use this page to introduce yourself and maybe add some notes about your familiarity with Doug Engelbart and the Augmenting Human Intellect paper.
The second activity sends you to an external post by Bret Victor, a tribute to Doug Engelbart and his dream, showing you how to annotate any page you find on the web.
Next, we will suggest our call for “Voracious Tagging” so we can create some collective pools of notes.
Then it is onto the main event.
Are you ready to annotate with us?