The Future of Scholarship?

posted Apr 18, 2013, 7:16 PM by John Hagen   [ updated Apr 18, 2013, 7:18 PM ]
Hypothes.is
A new collaborative platform may help transform the transparency and integrity of scholarship. It could also aid in catapulting knowledge and discovery to exponential levels. The system is called "Hypothes.is". Its developers ask you to imagine...

"If wherever we encountered new information, sentence by sentence, frame by frame, we could easily know the best thinking on it.

If we had confidence that this represented the combined wisdom of the most informed people—not as anointed by editors, but as weighed over time by our peers, objectively, statistically and transparently.

If this created a powerful incentive for people to ensure that their works met a higher standard, and made it perceptibly harder to spread information that didn’t meet that standard.".

According to developers,

"Hypothes. will be a distributed, open-source platform for the collaborative evaluation of information. It will enable sentence-level critique of written words combined with a sophisticated yet easy-to-use model of community peer-review. It will work as an overlay on top of any stable content, including news, blogs, scientific articles, books, terms of service, ballot initiatives, legislation and regulations, software code and more-without requiring participation of the underlying site."

Hypothes.is is a new standard for annotating digital documents and must may transform the world as we know it.
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