HighWire and Hypothesis Partner to Bring Annotation to Publishers

By heatherstaines | 5 April, 2017

Today Hypothesis and HighWire Press are announcing a partnership to bring a high quality, open annotation capability to over 3,000 journals, books, reference works, and proceedings published on HighWire’s JCore platform.

Logo for HighWire Press.Annotation is a fundamental activity of researchers and scholars everywhere—from taking notes, collaborating with peers, and performing pre-publication reviews, to engaging in conversations with the broader community. Until now, solutions for journals have been limited, proprietary and siloed in ways that significantly constrain their utility. With the advent of a standards-based, open source and interoperable annotation paradigm, that is now changing.

Hypothesis, an open-source annotation technology organization launched in 2011, is working with publishers, educators, researchers, and journalists to enable annotation across the internet. Within scholarship use cases include: post-publication annotation and community review; authors’ notes over their own work including updates to previous articles, invited discussions, pre-publication peer review, enhanced footnotes, corrections and errata and more. More than 70 major publishers, platforms and technology organizations have come together in support of this interoperable vision under the Annotating All Knowledge coalition.

Through this partnership, HighWire publishers will be able to implement and control their own annotation layers, moderated, branded, and visible by default over their publications. Annotations will be able to be made either under existing publisher user accounts, or within the Hypothesis namespace.

Dan Whaley, Hypothesis CEO and Founder, will be presenting as part of the Partner Showcase at the HighWire Publisher’s Meeting on 5 April 2017 and will be available for more information at the Partner Reception.

“Hypothesis is excited to work with HighWire to deliver a powerful toolchain across publisher content,” says Whaley. “By making annotation native to scholarly content at the platform level we stand the best chance of fulfilling the vision of an interoperable collaborative layer over all scholarship.”

HighWire publishers that are interested in bringing Hypothesis annotations to their publications should contact Heather Staines, Director of Partnerships.

About HighWire Press

A leading ePublishing platform, HighWire Press partners with independent scholarly publishers, societies, associations, and university presses to facilitate the digital dissemination of more than 3,000 journals, books, reference works, and proceedings. HighWire also offers a complete manuscript submission, tracking, peer review, and publishing system for journal editors, Bench>Press. HighWire provides outstanding technology and support services, and fosters a dynamic and innovative community, enhancing the strengths of each of its members. For more info, visit highwire.org online.

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