Hypothes.is is a web-based application that lets people annotate, highlight, or add notes to content (including web pages, journal articles, PDFs, and course materials).

Writing in the margins has always been an essential activity for students. Annotation helps in reading comprehension and in developing critical thinking about course materials. Hypothesis enables students to continue this essential activity with online readings. Digital annotation also offers new affordances, enabling students to respond to text using different media and empowering them to collaborate on understanding and developing ideas about their readings.

From Hypothes.is

Types of uses

  • annotation of web pages
  • annotation of course materials
  • collaborative annotation

What it looks like

Useful information and tips

About this tool

Name: Hypothesis
Vendor: Hypothesis
Website: https://web.hypothes.is
Cost: Free
Status: third-party platform

Approved for:

Level 1 Data: Public

Public is defined as:

  • Information deemed to be public by legislation and/or under University policy
  • Information in the public domain

Examples include:

  • names of employees and
    • business contact information
    • job profile
    • salary range
    • discretional benefits
    • relevant education
  • names of registered students and
    • dates of registration
    • program of registration
    • degree awarded
    • convocation date
  • annual reports
  • public announcements
  • telephone directory
  • published research data
Level 2 Data: Internal Use

Internal Use is defined as:

  • Information not approved for general circulation outside the University
  • Information the disclosure or loss of which would inconvenience the University although it would unlikely result in financial loss or reputational damage

Examples of this include:

  • internal memos sent to all members of a department
  • minutes of department meetings that are circulated to all members of a department
  • unpublished research data
  • anonymized or de-identified human subject data
  • library transactions and journals

Support available: From vendor – Hypothesis Help Centre

Software license: Open source, commercial hosting

Hosting: Servers hosted by vendor