For more than two years now, I have been working on a fantastic project – helping the researchers at University College London build a framework to make data capture and relationship modeling easier in the field of ontology research.

The project (Onto-Spread-Ed) enables access to a number of tables which are related to one another. The idea is to make it easier for researchers to input data (by automating some repetitive actions) and making the visualisation of relationships within the data more accessible. We are not done yet, the best is still to come.


Menu, Tabulator, and Graphviz WASM operation demo
Text tagging of Pubmed article abstract – using Spacy
List of ID’s to chord chart
Theory Database Visualisations

Highlights from my work so far:

  • Learning the ins and outs of the fabulous “Tabulator” JavaScript library, and extending it to meet the needs at hand.
  • Using the GraphViz web assembly project to show relationships in the data on the html canvas.
  • Generating 3 way diffs of tables with daff and presenting conflicts in a user-friendly way to help resolve merge conflicts.
  • Creating a backup and restore system for tables so that important work is not lost.
  • Learning a new (to me) framework – Python and Flask on the back end, JavaScript, Jinja templating, JQuery and Bootstrap on the front-end.
  • Using the natural language processing library “Spacy” to highlight text in scientific articles (in a separate but related project, Onto-Text-Tag)

I have learned to love working in VSCode, and gained a lot of experience in collaborating on GitHub. It’s a lot different to my other main coding work – as a solo Android developer and embedded systems programmer – but the logic of programming remains the same.

Currently I am expanding my knowledge of front-end development (portfolio.devsoft.co.za, as well as working on some side projects (LED WebSite Indicator, magicpoi, k8 visualiser) using Flask/JS- getting to grips with what it takes to deploy a responsive web app.