The following post is by Andrew Magliozzi founder of and one of the developers working on the Annotator javascript library and the AnnotateIt service.

Scholars, bring us your ancient, worn, and insightful annotations.  We have the tools to help you collect and connect your knowledge of Plato, Dante, Shakespeare, Eliot and others.  Together we can create a comprehensive repository of commentary on the best that has been thought and said.

Embracing a common mission of openness, our source code will always be libre, our standards compliant, and our knowledge free.  Organizations from Cambridge, US & UKCalifornia, and Vienna are working together to combine our technologies and innovation to provide you with the ability to annotate and share any text, image, PDF, map, or video online.

We are also on the verge of rereleasing 273 public domain texts with 9000+ annotations from top young scholars at Harvard, Columbia, UChicago and other top institutions.  In addition to the web, we also aspire to make our best content available on mobile reading devices, so curious minds everywhere can share a common discourse anytime, anywhere.  Because we believe you should always control access to your knowledge, we will ensure your data has simple permissions and measures for portability.

If you are a developer, designer, or scholar, we could use your help to create, curate, and map our global knowledge graph.  Together we can transform 21st century scholarship within and without the ivory tower.  If you want to get involved, please join the conversation about our software and our scholarship.

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