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11/13/2011 - THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED US HIT 100k AS OF 2am PT THIS MORNING! A FEW HOURS LEFT TO GO. SUNIL WILL STILL MATCH ALL GIFTS THROUGH THIS EVENING!
11/9/2011 - Big News: SUNIL PAUL HAS GENEROUSLY OFFERED TO MATCH ALL DONATIONS MADE VIA KICKSTARTER - THIS MATCH DOUBLES THE IMPACT OF ALL GIFTS MADE SO FAR AND ALL GIFTS MADE THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING 11/13!
THANKS FOR ALL YOUR INCREDIBLE SUPPORT SO FAR! THE KINDNESS OF OLD & NEW FRIENDS HAS BEEN AMAZING!
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Our website has more details: http://Hypothes.is
Solving the World’s Biggest Challenge.
Frustrated by the media? Disillusioned by our seeming inability to come to grips with difficult issues? Us too. We think improving the credibility of the information we encounter is key to solving this problem. In fact, we think it's humanity’s biggest challenge.
If as we encountered new information, in text or video, we could easily know the best analysis and insight on it—sentence by sentence, passage by passage.
What if we had confidence that this analysis truly represented the combined wisdom of the most informed individuals in those domains—not as dictated by a top-down hierarchy, but as measured objectively, statistically and transparently over time.
And what if the knowledge of that capability created a powerful incentive for authors to take extra care that their work met a high standard of excellence.
What if it became more difficult to publish information that was factually incorrect?
These goals are achievable with today’s technologies. Realizing them is the objective of Hypothes.is, a non-profit, open-source project led by Dan Whaley, the entrepreneur and coder who launched the online travel industry in 1995. It is advised by some of the leading minds in Internet technologies, rhetoric and language, reputation, identity and distributed systems. The Internet Archive (archive.org) has agreed to ensure long term storage of user content.
Exactly what is it?
Hypothes.is will be a distributed, open-source platform for the collaborative evaluation of information. It will enable sentence-level critique of written words combined with a sophisticated yet easy-to-use model of community peer-review. It will work wherever you are—as an overlay on top of news, blogs, scientific articles, books, terms of service, ballot initiatives, legislation and regulations, software code and more—without requiring participation of the underlying site.
It is based on a new draft standard for annotating digital documents currently being developed by the Open Annotation Collaboration, a consortium that includes the Internet Archive, NISO, O’Reilly Books, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and a number of academic institutions.
The project until now has been self-funded, but in order to deliver a working prototype, we need to bring in funding to feed our developers and cover basic administrative costs. $100,000 will allow us to get started.
Every dollar helps! Since we plan to crowdsource peer-review in an open and transparent way, it only makes sense that we use Kickstarter to crowdsource our initial funding..
Hypothes.is is a non-profit effort. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible and may also qualify for matching funds from your employer if they support such a program for charitable contributions. While we file for our own non-profit status, which can take 6-9 months, we have teamed up with a well-known 501.c3 fiscal sponsor, Planetwork (they helped fund early work around OpenID and other standards). For any contributions you make you will receive a letter from Planetwork/Hypothes.is verifying that your contribution qualifies as tax-deductible.
We are in the middle of the design phase now and will begin coding after the successful completion of the Kickstarter project. We expect to deliver a prototype in early 2012 and will keep our launch community in the loop with a quarterly email newsletter.
How you can help:
1. Back us!
Please make a donation through Kickstarter by clicking the green button above. It's easy. You need to have both a Kickstarter account, which you can create easily, and an Amazon.com account-- which most folks have already. (Amazon Payments handles the backend credit card processing for Kickstarter.)
If you have any challenges, or need an alternate way to contribute, email us at email@example.com.
2. Reserve your username / handle now:
Reserve the username / handle of your choice, and let us know how we can periodically update you on the status of our project.
3. Spread the word:
Post to Facebook, Twitter, send emails to friends, wear the t-shirt. Visit http://hypothes.is for information on how you can spread the word!
4. Got skills? Have energy? Join us!
If you are a world-class coder or designer, or just think your particular skills might be helpful to us, we’d love to talk to you. Drop us a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org
How Kickstarter Works
Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing model; if we don’t reach our goal by the end of the fundraiser, your account will not be charged.
To pledge to a project, just click the green “Back This Project” button on this page. You will be asked to input your pledge amount and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process. Note that you must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded. Again, some people run into trouble completing their donation-- please visit us at http://hypothes.is for detailed Kickstarter donation support.
Here’s a link to the Kickstarter Frequently Asked Questions
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