Enter the world of digital annotation.

an·no·ta·tion /ˌanəˈtāSH(ə)n/ noun a note of explanation or comment added to a text or diagram.

It’s what we do when we scribble notes in the margins of our books. Digital annotation means that digital alchemists can add notes, commentary, messages, even doorways, to any web page. It’s like a layer of information, conversation that sits above any web site.

We are using here the hypothes.is annotation tool.

get started with hypothes.is

You will learn a few different ways to activate this note layer; on this site many pages are already activated.

Like this one; you can tell Hypothesis present from it’s tools added to the top right corner:

The hypothes.is tool is already turned on for this page; click the top “<” button to open it.

Or you may note the yellow underlining for the first sentence on this page. That means that someone has added a note related to that portion of text. Either way in opens the annotation tool, and you can read someone’s note (these are all publicly viewable annotations).

Try it.

Right from here you can create your own Hypothes.is account by following the signup link. If you do not see the tool at all, you may need to try a different web browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari). Or you can create a new account directly.

All you will need to do is choose a username (maybe your twitter handle is a good choice?), create a password, and provide an email address. Just make sure you remember or jot down your user name.

You can do this later, but for the very curious you can follow step two for adding the tools to your browser. This enables you to access the annotation tool for any web page.

I have my hypothes.is account set up, what’s next?

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