How a Partnership Over Annotation Software Fits Into Bigger Changes in Research Workflow | EdSurge News
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"Elsevier, one of the world’s largest publishers of scientific journals, hasn’t been shy about shifting away from just publishing to offering a set of tools for scholars to use throughout the research process. Last week the company took another step along that path by announcing a partnership with a nonprofit named Hypothesis, which makes annotation software that lets readers make margin notes on online articles.
Jud Dunham, director of product management for Elsevier, said in an email interview that he expects the main use case will be for professors to take personal notes on digital scholarly journal articles, though the company hopes professors will also use the feature in the peer review process as well.
Hypothesis is free to anyone, and even before the partnership professors could have used the annotation service to mark up Elsevier articles (or any other page on the web). But the new arrangement will mean that scholars can make the annotations to Elsevier articles using their Elsevier login and password, without having to setup an account on Hypothesis....
Higher education leaders have been watching Elsevier’s overall strategy with caution—and some concern. The fear is that Elsevier, or some other entity, could make tools that become so well integrated that colleges end up locked in to that vendor, limiting competition...."