Welcome to the WorldBrain project. We work on the goal of an increased (scientific) literacy in our global society through a better overall information quality on the internet.
Doing so by developing open-source search tools for professional web-researchers like science communicators, (STEM-) students, journalists, librarians and online debaters to effortlessly find, rate and share qualitative and trustworthy web content/notes with their friends, followers and the public. (Watch the 3.5 min Vision Video)
Our first tool is the (Re)search-Engine, a photographic memory for your web research.
It's an open-source chrome extension to full-text search all the pages you visited and bookmarked, and later also all the apps you use to organise your knowledge (i.e. Evernote, Pocket, Google Drive, Asana, Mendeley) (Watch 2 min Intro Video) (DOWNLOAD HERE)
Table of Content
- How to use the extension
- Status & Development Roadmap
- How to get involved
- Installation (as user & developer)
- How to get in touch with us
How to use the extension
(Download it here), then type in
your keywordsinto the address bar.
Important: All your data is stored and processed locally
Status & Development Roadmap
Here you find the long term roadmap.
Right now, the chrome extension lets you full-text search all the web pages and PDFs you visited and bookmarked.
Full Feature Set
- full-text search history & bookmarks
- filter by time and minuswords
- blacklisting urls, domains, regex
- supports PDFs you visited online
- import existing history and bookmarks
We are currently working on replacing the DB with PouchDB and the default search implementation with PouchDB Quick Search
View all "UNDER DEVELOPMENT" issues
Web-view for results and more filter options.
Currently the results can only be shown in the drop down of the adress bar and filters only applied by entering queries.
To change that, we are adding a web-based results and filter view (much like a google results page), where all results can be shown and a variety of filters applied.
More info in our projects section
How to get involved
- Wanna help with MARKETING? Contact Oliver via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wanna help us with MONEYYYZ? Wohoo! You can do so by supporting us on Patreon
You can reach our FAQ here: reddit.com*/r/*WorldBrain
AS A USER
If you don't feel comfortable installing a Chrome extension that can read and modify all data on the websites you visit from the webstore (we wouldn't either!), you can clone this repository on your local machine, read through our code to verify that it is not malicious, and then install it as an unpacked local extension through the menu in
chrome://extensions/. But this way you also won't receive any updates.
Wanna know if the extension installed on your computer has the same code as here on GitHub? See here.
AS A DEVELOPER
Fork the project, then...
npm install -g browserify
npm installto install dependencies
npm run watch
npm run build
Activate & Test the plugin on your browser
- go to
- Activate Developer Mode (top right)
- Click load unpacked extension (top left)
- Select the
/buildfolder from the project
Problems Building the Extension in Windows?
How to get in touch with us
Currently the (Re)search-Engine is released under GPL-3, as this has been the license of Falcon. We aim to release it under a more liberal license (CC0, MIT, BSD-2/3) as soon as we have replaced all the code from the original Falcon tool.
Our goal is to provide a set of reusable libraries, so that this client can be adapted to as many work-flows as possible.