I Annotate 2018

At the Tipping Point:
Annotation on the Web

San Francisco
Wed 6–Thu 7 June

Keynote: Barrett Brown

Feeding from the Multitudes: Writer and activist Barrett Brown will speak on the potential and perils of reporting with the crowd based on his own remarkable experience.

Learn more about Barrett Brown >

Headshot of writer and activist Barrett Brown.
Several decades into the information age, our most crucial institutions are still operating along lines established centuries ago. And while mainstream journalism has adopted a range of useful tools and practices from the internet, it has yet to truly profit from the most important fact of our era — that theoretically, any individual may now collaborate with any other individual on the planet. Crowd-sourced research has already proven itself to be a viable supplement to journalism's traditional writer-editor model; its greatest successes are all the more exciting for having been necessarily haphazard, making use of platforms and mediums that were not even designed for such activity. Brown will talk about both the potential and the perils of crowd-sourced research, with an emphasis on presenting a practical way forward that will benefit outlets, reporters, and the public at large.


Register as soon as possible to ensure your spot at I Annotate 2018, the sixth annual conference for interoperable annotation technologies and practices.

Pre-conference Social

Tue 5 June

Attendees gather before the conference for cocktails and snacks to renew contact and make new connections.

I Annotate 2018

Wed 6–Thu 7 June

Visit the full program for 100–150 expected attendees, drawn from leading thinkers and practitioners in education, journalism, publishing, research, science, and technology.


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Hack Day: Fri 8 June

Approximately 50 attendees at the associated hack day, mostly drawn from attendees with a technical focus. If you're working on an annotation project — or just want to dig in — we'd love to have you join us on Fri 8 June for a hack day in San Francisco.


I Annotate 2018 will be held in San Francisco’s historic Fort Mason Arts & Culture Center, Gallery 308, located in Landmark Building A at 2 Marina Blvd. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees Wed, Thu, and Fri.

View of Fort Mason with Golden Gate Bridge in the background.


There is no specific lodging associated with I Annotate 2018. Many attendees find lodging nearby using a variety of services. Others stay in one of San Francisco's many hotels, including affordable locations close to Fort Mason like:

Comfort Inn by the Bay
2775 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco CA 94109

Call for Proposals

The #ianno18 call for proposals ended on 3 April 2018. Email info@iannotate.org if you have questions about the program.