March 22, 2018

Elsevier is Collaborating with Hypothesis to Integrate Open Annotation

Wow, busy times at hypothesis and for the growth of open annotation in general. A wew collaboration announced today. Two weeks ago hypothesis announced a collaboration with the Center for Open Science.

From Today’s Announcement:

2018-02-20_10-30-22Today, Elsevier and Hypothesis are announcing a collaboration to align annotation capabilities in Elsevier’s Research Products with the emerging ecosystem of interoperable clients and services for annotation based on open standards and technologies.


By working together, Elsevier and Hypothesis demonstrate two important shifts in scholarly communications: first, the growing role that annotation plays within the life cycle of research and publication; and second, that data standards and open frameworks are increasingly essential to scientific collaboration and progress.


Heather Staines, Director of Partnerships at Hypothesis said, “While the consensus achieved by the W3C Web Annotation standards recommendation last year was an essential first step, widespread adoption of interoperable annotation requires that major publishers incorporate it into their products and services. We’re thrilled that Elsevier is taking a leadership role in recognizing the potential benefits for researchers, and moving to integrate Hypothesis’ standards-based and open source annotation solution. We’re also delighted that they recognize the benefit of working with a nonprofit committed to an independent community platform.”

In 2015, Elsevier joined the Annotating All Knowledge (AAK) coalition, a group formed to promote interoperability between annotation products and services and to further the W3C’s standardization efforts among publishers and platforms. AAK members undertook a pledge to begin incorporating open annotation into their platforms and to be open in doing so. With the announcement today, Elsevier makes good on their AAK pledge to bring the annotation standard to their offerings.

Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: Hypothesis and the Center for Open Science Collaborate on Annotation (February 7, 2018)

See Also: Hypothesis Announces New Partnerships with bioRxiv, MIT Press, and AGU (September 16, 2017)

See Also: Partners with NYU Libraries, NYU Press, Others to Bring Open Annotations to eBooks

See Also: Elsevier Joins the Annotating All Knowledge Coalition (Jan. 26. 2016)

Presentation From December 2017

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