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Hypothes.is Project
Hypothes.is logo.jpg
Founded July 1, 2011 (2011-07-01)
Founder Dan Whaley
Type 501(c)(3)
Registration no. C3389843
  • 2261 Market St #632, San Francisco, CA 94114
Coordinates 37°45′53″N 122°25′55″W / 37.7647143°N 122.4318831°W / 37.7647143; -122.4318831Coordinates: 37°45′53″N 122°25′55″W / 37.7647143°N 122.4318831°W / 37.7647143; -122.4318831
Website hypothes.is

Hypothes.is is a 501(c) 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.[1][2][3][4][5] It has been summarized as "a peer review layer for the entire Internet."[6]


The project is to write software and establish a system which will allow annotation of web pages, using comments contributed by individuals and a reputation system for rating the comments. The plan is that the comments will be stored in the Internet Archive. Normal use is planned to be with a browser plug-in, and the plan is that links to specific comments will also be viewable without needing a plug-in.[2]


The project is led by Dan Whaley, co-founder of GetThere, which was one of the first online travel booking systems in 1995.[2][7][8] Its advisors include John Perry Barlow, Charles Bazerman, Philip Bourne and Brewster Kahle.[1]


A Kickstarter drive to raise $100,000 to fund a working prototype narrowly reached its goal on November 13, 2011.[6][9] The effort is organized as a non-profit.[10][11] It has received financial support from the Shuttleworth Foundation,[12] the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation,[13] the Helmsley Trust,[14] the Knight Foundation[15] and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.[16]

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  1. ^ a b Dan Whaley (ed.). "The Internet, peer-reviewed.". Hypothes.is. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  2. ^ a b c Schonfeld, Erick (Oct 31, 2011), Hypothes.is: A Kickstarter Project To Peer Review The Web, Techcrunch, retrieved 2011-11-14 
  3. ^ Masnick, Mike (Oct 24, 2011). "Interesting Ideas: Can You Peer Review The Entire Internet, Sentence By Sentence". Techdirt. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  4. ^ Shaughnessy, Haydn (Oct 21, 2011). "Would Your Blog Stand up To Criticism? Here Comes Peer Review". Forbes. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  5. ^ Kirkpatrick, Marshall (Oct 20, 2011). "Hypothes.is: A Peer-Review Layer for the Whole Internet". ReadWriteWeb. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  6. ^ a b Farley, Tim (17 November 2011). "Hypothes.is Reaches Funding Goal". James Randi Educational Foundation. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  7. ^ Sloan, Gene (Oct 22, 1996). "Net catches more travelers planning trips". USA Today (McLean, Va.). p. 6D. 
  8. ^ Fernandes, Lorna (Oct 26, 1997). "It's no small world for ITN". San Jose Business Journal (American City Business Journals). Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  9. ^ Hypothes.is - Taking peer review to the Internet. on Kickstarter
  10. ^ David Streitfeld (April 11, 2013). "Speak Up, the Internet Can’t Hear You". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  11. ^ "Letter 947 (DO/CG)" (PDF). IRS. June 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Active Fellows: Dan Whaley". The Shuttleworth Foundation Trust. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  13. ^ "2011 Annual Report" (PDF). Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. p. 72. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  14. ^ "Helmsley Trust Supports Open Annotation in Biomedical Research | Hypothesis". hypothes.is. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  15. ^ "A Grant from the Knight Foundation | Hypothesis". hypothes.is. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  16. ^ "Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation". June 9, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 

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