Non-profit organisation Hypothes.is wants to bring a new, conversational layer of digital annotation to the web. Investigative journalists are a community that can make powerful use of it.
Digital annotation is sort of a layer of meta information over the web where anyone who has the add-on installed in their browser can basically make notes on any webpage and share those notes with other users.
Those annotation can then be used to organise your research or just to take personal notes. But you can also use them in collaborative groups, e.g. for information exchange, public or private, or for signaling discoveries.
Annotations are a potentially very useful tool for the investigative journalism community. Journalists can mark discoveries, translate or highlight online documents or web pages. News organisations, correspondents and partner organisations can use the annotation layer to alert eachother when finding information of interest. An annotation feed is also available at group level and can be integrated with outside communication channels.
Hypothes.is created a private group especially for our Dataharvest community. You can test out how digital annotations work and perhaps exchange info about the upcoming EIJC & Dataharvest: https://hypothes.is/groups/8NxoMQYe/dataharvest-annotations.