WorldBrain - Verifying the Internet with Science

MentorOliver Sauter (oliversauter)
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Suitable for Beginners?yes
TagsReactJS Redux Javascript TravisCI
Applications (1st Choice)4 (4 submitted | 0 in-progress)
Applications (2nd Choice)2 (2 submitted | 0 in-progress)
Code of Conduct
Licensenow GPL-3, soon MIT or

Project Description

At 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

With the software we build, we aim to gather a diverse community of people that loves working with fact-based and intellectually honest information.

Our first tool is the (Re)search-engine, a photographic memory for your web research.

It's an open-source & decentralised browser 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)
You can download it here:

As of the 23.02. we have 4500 users and are 6 people regularly working on the development.

Demo GIF

Project's Requirements

  • Proficiency in Javascript
  • Beginner in ReactJS - OK
  • Experience with Git
  • Bonus: Interested in Decentralisation
  • Bonus: UI/UX Skills

Tasks And Features

The students will help to conceptualise and implement both front-end (ReactJS) and business logic for features like:
- the sync with additional channels and databases,
- the decentralised server infrastructure,
- bi-directional linking
- or innovative UI on how to interact with web content.

More concrete description you find here:

We recently started collaborating with the Webmemex project, where we build a single code base together:

So development happens there atm, not in the Research-Engine repo


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