A browser-based single-page application to support "grounding actions in stories"
Install either as a WordPress plugin or a NodeJS application.
License: GPL v2 or any later version.
See the website for more information.
What is NarraFirma?
The NarraFirma™ software helps people who want to use Participatory Narrative Inquiry (PNI) in their communities and organizations.
PNI methods help people discover insights, catch emerging trends, make decisions, generate ideas, resolve conflicts, and connect people. PNI is described in the textbook "Working With Stories in your Community or Organization" by Cynthia F. Kurtz.
As Malcom Gladwell has said about the limits of big data: "More data increases our confidence, not our accuracy." When "accuracy" is defined not as measurement but as effective, appropriate, meaningful change, PNI helps to increase accuracy in decision making by grounding actions in the experiences of the community or organization. PNI can also work as a complement to other methods of market research, business intelligence, and community engagement.
- The NarraFirma software covers all six phases of the PNI process (planning, collection, catalysis, sensemaking, intervention, and return).
- The application has over forty different input screens.
- The application can make suggestions for questions to ask and workshops to run based on planning data you supply.
- Most of the the NarraFirma code implements a web-browser-based single-page application.
- The application supports supports mult-user editing of content using a message-based triple store approach called "Pointrel".
- Each change to the application state generates a JSON AJAX message.
- Interface building is done using Mithril (an earlier version used Dojo).
- Interactive graphs are drawn using D3.
- The server-side code mainly implements the "Pointrel" AJAX API for messaging and enforces per-project access controls.
- Data is stored in either SQL database tables (for WordPress, one per project) or flat files (for NodeJS, one directory per project with one JSON file per message).
Configuring and running the NarraFirma server
- You need to have a TypeScript compiler installed to compile the source (typically via "npm install -g typescript").
- For WordPress, the TypeScript compiler is called during the creation of the WordPress zip file.
- For more details on installation or setup of NarraFirma from source see INSTALL.md.
- For more details on installation or setup of NarraFirma from a pre-built distribution, including tips on setting up WordPress or Node.js, see this webpage.
NarraFirma is a trademark of Cynthia F. Kurtz and is used by permission for the main distribution of this software. See README-narrafirma-trademark.txt for the NarraFirma trademark usage policy.
The initial NarraFirma design and some of the initial implementation was done by Cynthia F. Kurtz. Most of the initial NarraFirma implementation was done by Paul D. Fernhout.
For more screenshots, see here.