Return to the toolkit


Recogito is an online platform for collaborative document annotation. Users can upload texts, images or tabular data into the platform and collaboratively annotate and interpret those documents. Annotations can consist of comments and tags or identify specific people, places, or events. To speed up the process, Recogito automatically searches its existing corpus of people, places, and events, and suggests matches. Recogito can export the resulting data in a wide range of formats common to other tools in the digital humanities, including csv, json-ld, rdf, geoJSON, and TEI. The project is maintained by Pelagios, a Digital Humanities initiative dedicated to working with geographic in humanistic disciplines.

Why Use Recogito?

  • Although it is possible to add comments to annotations in Recogito, it is not so much meant to be a tool for close reading or for discussion like Hypothesis or Perusall. Recogito is more oriented toward research and analysis, for example indentifying named entities (people, places, events) in historical documents and extracting quantitative data for visualization or analysis.
  • With tools specifically suited to the purpose, Recogito is an excellent tool for identifying placenames in historical maps or in historical documents that may contain variant spellings.
  • Recogito offers annotation statistics that can be used to bolser arguments in student papers and export formats that can be used to produce visualizations in other tools.

How to Add Recogito to Your Course

Recogito is an online tool.  Groups of people can collaborate on the same documents within the platform, but each will need to create their own, free account.

Additional Resources:

Ten Minute Tutorial: A Quick Introduction to Recogito

Posted by April 7, 2021