#424 Web application for div liminal working group

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The div liminal working group would like to deploy a web application which can:

1. Register users and confirm them through email.

2. Authenticate them.

3. Present them with an encoding challenge, validate their encoding, and store the results.

4. Let them retrieve and edit stored encodings.

5. Let everyone view encodings.

The proposal is to do this using eXist, with the eXide editor as the XML editor and using eXist's validation functions to provide validation and error reports.

The attached file shows Lou's vision of how it would work.


  • Martin Holmes

    Martin Holmes - 2013-01-18

    Lou's vision of the div liminal app

  • Sebastian Rahtz

    Sebastian Rahtz - 2013-01-18

    what is the request, though? are you asking for a) funds to commission this, b) input on the design, or c) ideas as to whether this already exists? it sounds lovely but, frankly, a bit niche :-}

    obviously, there is a lot of experience at doing this sort of citizen science, is it worth looking at whether Zooniverse-type software could do the job?

  • Martin Holmes

    Martin Holmes - 2013-03-11

    I've been looking at eXist as a possible basis for this application, and I think it would be a good one, but there is no module for eXist which allows the registration of new users through email, which I think would be essential for this application. eXist has all the components needed to support such a module, but writing it would not be an insignificant task, and I can't take it on myself at the moment. I think it would perhaps be a good project for Google Summer of Code, sponsored by Council, and donated to the eXist project; with that in place, the rest of the application would not be onerous to write.

    Can we mentor someone through SoC to write that module? The submission process starts on March 18, and I'd be happy to write a spec in the next couple of weeks if Council thinks it's a good idea.

  • James Cummings

    James Cummings - 2013-11-09

    Where has this proposal got to? It is a good idea though I've always been of the opinion that it is overkill to solve the problems at hand. (But perhaps good to have as a general purpose tool.)

  • Martin Holmes

    Martin Holmes - 2013-11-09

    I originally got involved because I suggested that this might be done with eXist, since the eXide editor built into eXist has all the features we'd need. I got no feedback on the question about a Google Summer of Code thing, and at heart, I agree with you that this is overkill. I don't have time to write an application myself, and if no-one else cares enough, we should just quietly shelve it. Lou seems to be going ahead with his idea by email anyway.

  • James Cummings

    James Cummings - 2013-11-10
    • status: open --> closed-accepted
    • Group: --> AMBER
    • Priority: 5 --> 1(low)
  • James Cummings

    James Cummings - 2013-11-10

    Changing to closed-accepted, will re-open if Council discussion warrants it.