DigitalHUAC group update

DigitalHUAC project update

Search Form Update

After finalizing the taxonomy with our historian experts, we created a public project on DocumentCloud, where we uploaded the five sample testimonies. For each testimony, we input key value pairs based on our taxonomy.

We are still working on the script that will talk to the DocumentCloud API. In the meanwhile, we started working on a search form with HTML only. After making some very basic search forms, we came across a form builder for Bootstrap which allowed us to add more search options very easily. The form builder also provided the html, which we pasted into our test website.

Below is a screenshot:


API Script (Form Action) Update

Working with DocumentCloud, we found a) an app that allows users to work with DocumentCloud-documents through a (Django-powered) CMS (built by The Bay Citizen):

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And b) a Python wrapper built for the DocumentCloud API:

We looked at other documentation that explains how to post html form values into Python script (e.g.,

But are currently working with the Python API wrapper, which required downloading a more recent version of Python, with Pip installed, and then installing the python-documentcloud library:

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Though the initial attempt(s) return the following:

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We are continuing with the following Python-documentcloud tutorial:

In order to be able to extract text from the HUAC PDFs uploaded in DocumentCloud and return the excerpted text to the user:

And are meanwhile also playing with getting input from a browser via:

-Web forms in Django:

-And by using GET/POST methods inside a Python class index:



One thought on “DigitalHUAC group update

  1. Amanda Hickman

    Glad to see you all making so much progress!

    Did you have a chance to look over our suggestions? In particular, the Django DocumentCloud app is probably overkill if all you want is to connect search results to document names and excerpts.

    Definitely take a look at Luke’s suggestions, and my comment, at:

    ADDING: You don’t need much coding to take the next few steps: 1) test out the documents that a particular search combination should return, 2) try writing an API query that returns those documents, 3) start playing with how you’d like to display the results — what should they look like on the page?

    I want you to consider expanding your corpus, too. You have room to, and I think being able to turn up more than one or two documents on any particular search will help you think about how you want to display results.

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