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4.3: The Hypothesis Annotation System

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  • Hypothes.is is an open-source software project that aims to collect comments about statements made in any web-accessible content, and filter and rank those comments to assess each statement's credibility. It has been summarized as "a peer review layer for the entire Internet." The hypothesis system is native on all Libretexts libraries and can be accessed via the lurking buttons on the upper right of each page (see arrow in Figure below for Klymkoswsky and Cooper's Biofundamentals text on the biology library.

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\): How to access Hypothesis

    To use the hypothesis system, an account has to be registered with hypothesis (free to all). That be setup easily by clicking on the hypothesis button (see above), which expands the application on the LibreTexts (see Figure below).

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{2}\): Sign into Hypothesis.

    After successfully logging, in users can then use the system directly on LibreTexts pages. There is even a small howto menu once logged in (see figure below).

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{3}\): Selection private or public annotation permissions.

    Method 1: Note taking

    Just general annotation/notes (for students or faculty) requires logging and highlight some text. An automatic option will show up asking if user wants to annotate that text (on that page). For example, if a user wants to either (hypothesis) highlight a section or provide an annotation on that section , all they need to do is drag the mouse to highlight the area and click on either option that pops up (see Figure below).

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{4}\): Select text will automatically select hypothesis options: annotation or highlighting.

    Method 2: Contextual Chat Rooms and Meta-Discussions

    If you want to use hypothesis as a contextual chat room with students posting questions right next to content for faculty to engage them on those questions, then a closed group for your class needs to be setup. In the absence of a group, all annotation and highlights are publicly viewable.

    More information will be forthcoming on this powerful system