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Browser Plug-in for Computational Observation at FBforschung.de

This is a browser plug-in to observe human online behavior, for example in the realm of Facebook. It is part of a larger academic research project to investigate algorithmic content curation. Find information on the project itself in German language under https://fbforschung.de.

Installation

The currently used plug-in is available in various plug-in stores, such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. For developmental installation, follow the steps below.

  1. Clone the repository git clone https://github.com/marhai/fbforschung
  2. Run npm install
  3. Run npm run build

The following tasks can be used when you want to start developing the extension and want to enable live reload:

  • npm run chrome-watch
  • npm run firefox-watch

Chrome

  1. Open Chrome browser and navigate to chrome://extensions
  2. Select "Developer Mode" and then click "Load unpacked extension..."
  3. From the file browser, choose to FBForschung/build/chrome

Firefox

  1. Open Firefox browser and navigate to about:debugging
  2. Click "Load Temporary Add-on" and from the file browser, choose FBForschung/build/firefox

Distribution

Run npm run dist to create a zipped, production-ready extension for each browser.

Server Development

For the central server to be properly developed, you need to follow JSON schemas for communication which are provided within the json_schemas/ folder.

Contact

Extensive contact information is available under https://fbforschung.de/impressum, for quick contact use @MarHai.