Padagraph is an open source platform for collaborative editing, analysis and three-dimensional exploration of large networks. It was developed in Scala language by Pierre Magistry and Yannick Chudy. It is able to handle very large networks by offering a navigation by construction of subgraphs, while leaving the user free to determine and modify what is a node, property or link in its data, according to the evolution of its needs and questions. These peculiarities make it suitable for the needs of the ENP-China team to process large quantities of data and to the exploratory and experimental nature of the historical study we are conducting.
For the task of collecting, storing and sharing the large-scale corpora, data sets, and other documentary resources used in the project we use the Sharedocs platform on Huma-Num. This guarantees their access at all times at any time, as well as their long-term preservation for future research. Sharedocs includes services such as bulk OCR of image and pdf documents.
HEURIST’s research-driven data management system puts the user in charge, allowing them to design, create, manage, analyse and publish their own richly-structured database(s) within hours, through a simple web interface, without the need for programmers or consultants.