We must take annotation to the boundaries of the web. It must be integrated with countless applications, technologies, libraries, products, web sites and more.
In many cases, the projects exist, and the developers are eager to do the work, but schedules and the demands of producing sustainable income prohibits focus on the effort. What's needed is a relatively small amount of funding to facilitate that focus.
Grants as small as $2-10k can open up entirely new use cases and integrations with important platforms and libraries.
A grantmaking process that would solicit and receive proposals to expand the existing universe of open source software that implements or works with the Open Annotation specification. Funds are distributed as grants with only limited obligations.
Applications do not need to relate to any particular annotation platform or technology, but only to generally integrate or provide annotation functionality and be open source in nature.
Awards are made on a rolling basis, after review of existing applications. Grant amounts are based on a combination of the applicants’ assessment of difficulty and the judges assessment of the utility of the proposed integration, difficulty and novelty in illustrating new use cases for annotation.
Small grants will be made directly to individuals or small organizations in amounts ranging from $2k to $10k depending on the work to be done and other considerations. Funds will be paid 50% upon award and 50% upon completion.
The Open Annotation Fund launched with an announcement on the Hypothes.is blog
$3,000 went to Ilya Kreymer for building an open API for on-demand web archiving.
$9,000 went to Nick Adams and the Text Thresher team for adding focused, task oriented content analysis features to Annotator.
$7,300 went to Fred Chasen and the FuturePress project for inmproving epub.js integration and EPUB format selector storage.
Annotation Lead, HarvardX / edX
Co-Chair, Open Annotation Community Group, Stanford University
Developer Relations, W3C
Lead Developer, Annotator, Hypothes.is