Activity
Annotate web pages with Hypothes.is

Draft, 07 August 2016
This page should be in a useful state, but still needs work before it's finished.


Hypothes.is a a web scale annotation framework. It enables you to add comments or annotations to any web page, and share these with your colleagues, or the world.

Here’s the vision:

Why is this interesting?

Hypothes.is adds a new layer of collaboration and critique across the existing web. Climate scientists, for example, are using Hypothes.is to check claims in media articles about climate change. It’s like a global system of peer review.

In the cultural heritage world, Hypothes.is might be used to enrich historical texts with more information about people or events; or to add links to related objects across different collections or institutions. I’ve built Hypothes.is into my Historic Hansard site so that people can link parliamentary debates from 1901 to 1980 to additional information about the people and events discussed.

How do I use it?

First of all, sign up for a free Hypothes.is account. This will enable you to keep track of your annotations and control who can see them.

The easiest way to use Hypothes.is is to install the Chrome extension. Then you’ll be able to annotate any web page. There’s a bookmarklet you can use with other browsers, and if all else fails you can just copy any url and paste it into ‘Paste a link…’ box on the Hypothes.is hope page.

Once Hypothes.is is running you’ll see a couple of extra tabs on the right of your screen. Try highlighting some text on the page – options will pop up to highlight or annotate the text.

For more information look at the Student Resource Guide.