Open Humanities Awards: FinderApp WITTFind

This is the final in a series of posts from Dr Maximilian Hadersbeck, the recipient of the DM2E Open Humanities Awards – DM2E track. You can read the final research paper here (in German).

The research group “Wittgenstein in Co-Text” worked on extending the FinderApp WiTTFind tool, which is currently used for exploring and researching Wittgenstein’s Big Typescript TS-213 (BT), to the rest of the 5000 pages of Wittgenstein’s Nachlass that are made freely available by the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen and are used as linked data software from the DM2E project. Our work in January focused on finishing the final milestone of our project, finalizing the device and browser independent multidoc web frontend, successful placing a publication of our project. We close off our blogging series with some final remarks and a look in the future

Delivering the final milestone
We finished our gitlab and docker environment to produce a high quality FinderApp for Digital Humanity projects running under different operating systems. The git-server site is developed and offers all software modules. After extensive working and testing the development server we finalized and transferred the new FinderApp WiTTFind to our master-server, reachable under the permalink http://wittfind.cis.uni-muenchen.de.

To present our extensive work during our git-server based program development, we show in figure 1 a small excerpt of our issue management and branching concept at our git-server. There you see around 20 features, which where finished within the final milestone.

Finalizing the device and browser independent multidoc web-frontend
After finishing the development work of our bootstrap based FinderApp, we finalized our new multidoc web frontend and will also transfer it to our WiTTFind master server.

Starting in February, we will offer a browser- and device-independent web frontend which works with the same look & feel on mobile devices, tablet computers and arbitrary browsers. In figure 2 you see a screenshot of our new bootstrap driven webpage, reachable under our permalink address: http://wittfind.cis.uni-muenchen.de.

Successful placing a publication
One aim in our project was to place a publication of our work at an important congress. We followed the call for papers of the conference Digital Humanities im deutschsprachigen Raum – DhD 2015 (23-27 February 2015, Graz, Austria) and sent a paper and a poster to the conference committee. Both were evaluated well and accepted. In Graz, we will be presenting the paper “Wittgensteins Nachlass: Erkenntnisse und Weiterentwicklung der FinderApp WiTTFind“. The speaker will be Maximilian Hadersbeck. Co-authors to the text are Alois Pichler, Florian Fink, Daniel Bruder and Ina Arends. The poster which will be presented gives a demo of our project and has the title “Wittgensteins Nachlass: Aufbau und Demonstration der FinderApp WiTTFind und ihrer Komponenten.” The authors of the poster are Yuliya Kalasouskaya, Matthias Lindinger, Stefan Schweter and Roman Capsamun. Both presentations can be found in the programme of the conference: https://www.conftool.pro/dhd2015/sessions.php

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