Monday, 29 June 2015

WCG Online

I must apologise, this is not a Uniface-related post.  That said, please read on!

World Community Grid enables anyone with a computer, smartphone or tablet to donate their unused computing power to advance cutting-edge scientific research on topics related to health, poverty and sustainability. Through the contributions of over 650,000 individuals and 460 organizations, World Community Grid has supported 24 research projects to date, including searches for more effective treatments for cancer, HIV/AIDS and neglected tropical diseases. Other projects are looking for low-cost water filtration systems and new materials for capturing solar energy efficiently.

Active projects include... 
  • Outsmart Ebola Together
  • Uncovering Genome Mysteries
  • Mapping Cancer Markers
  • The Clean Energy Project - Phase 2
  • FightAIDS@Home.

If you're not already a member, you can sign up here.

I have just launched a companion site; WCG Online...

This site is designed to give you, a valued member of the community, access to some more detailed statistics, as well as some lovely pretty graphs.  It requires for username and a verifcation code, in order to fetch the relevant data.  Nothing is stored on my server, all data is stored in your brower's local or session storage.  This is then used to notify you of new milestones, such as badges earned.  It allows you to rename and hide devices, so if you've got multiple devices (two phones, a tablet, etc) you can give them more easily identifiable names, or hide them completely from the other pages.

The site is also designed to be fully responsive and mobile friendly, created from the ground up in jQuery Mobile.

The next part of the project is to create custom widgets that you can link to on your own site.  The offical site has widgets, but they use iframes and are rather basic.  So I'm hoping to create images, and give a lot more flexiblity.  Watch for those coming soon to WCG Online.

There is also a Play store app, which provides a shortcut to the website, and is free to download, if you're interested.