Is an automated fact checking toolkit using Hypothes.is digital annotations, developed by Jon Udell.
Sections A, B, C & D - describe the technology. Section E refers to the actual investigative flow using the EIC extension.
Prerequisites for usage:
A detailed tutorial on Hypothes.is can be foundhere.
Please install the EIC extension by following thislink.
Once you add it to your Chrome web browser, go to Chrome> Preferences> Extensions and check if the EIC toolkit extension was added. Make sure that the 'Developer Mode' box is checked.
Go to 'Options' and set your Hypothes.is token. You can do this by clicking on Hypothes.is token. This will lead you to the Hypothes.is API page.
Get your API token and paste it into the Hypothes.is token window on your extension.
When you've installed both extensions, you'll see the two icons at the top right of your Chrome window:
The EIC extension enables a set of right click automated commands. The commands differ if text is selected or if you just want to tag the entire page.
When you're on a page that's a source for an investigation, and when you have nothing selected, the options on EIC's toolkit right-click menu are these:
Clicking on the 'Tag this Page' command, automatically creates an annotation that is added to the 'Related Annotations' page section (described in more detail below). This command allows you to bookmark the entire page vs. just a selection of text (which allows for more granular control).
When you're on a page that's a source for an investigation and when you select some text, the options on EIC's toolkit right-click menu are these:
Most of the Search operators ('Find selection in Google', 'Find selection in Opencorporates' etc.) are pretty self explanatory. We'll describe in more detail the commands that are not search related.
Below is a sequence of steps, that should help you use the EIC extension and start your investigation.
The first step is to build a home for your investigation. When selecting some relevant text on a page that's a source for an investigation, use the right-click command 'Create New Investigation Page Named by Selection'. This automatically opens up an investigation page on DokuWiki where you can start collecting all the info pertaining to your investigation.
In our case the text selection is 'Trump Farallon Estates' (Hoover, CableGate collection).
An investigation page with the same name was created in the Sponge DokuWiki
The second step is to start furnishing your home with evidence. The EIC toolkit evidence collection process involves two main actions: search for evidence and collect your findings into the wiki page. There are 3 buckets where you can collect your evidence: Related Annotations field, Timeline field and Footnotes.
You can add a footnote, by highlighting text on a relevant investigation page and by creating an annotation.
You can then paste the link to that particular annotation into your wiki investigation page, by link-ing it to a relevant word (kind of like hyperlinks/out-links work).
Third step is to summarize your findings and shape up your conclusions. This step is done manually in the description section of your investigation wiki page.
Final investigation results can be seen here: https://wiki.thesponge.eu/eic:trump_farallon_estates