Fast Company: Are We Finally Ready To Annotate The Entire Internet?
Fast Company, a business and technology magazine, recently highlighted Helmsley grantee Hypothes.is, which works to enhance biomedical research by enabling open annotation of web-based documents.
Launched in 2011 by coder Dan Whaley, the open-access platform lets users write comments on any webpage by simply installing their web plugin. Collaboration has been a central component of the platform, allowing the scholarly community to annotate and discuss texts publicly with fellow users. With support from Helmsley’s Biomedical Research Infrastructure Program, Hypothes.is is advancing the tool by improving searchability, reproducibility and quality of data from scientific publications.
In the article, Whaley discusses the organization’s success and its hopes for the future. Current users, including a college professor, high school teacher and climate scientist, explain how the tool has been beneficial to their work.