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Estimate project

Suttacentral

Partnership with STX Next

August 2017 - March 2018

SuttaCentral is an NGO aiming to present Buddhist texts using the best technologies and design the modern web has to offer. By removing the limitations of language and tradition, SuttaCentral intends to “let the Buddha speak for himself”.

INDUSTRY
NGO
COUNTRY
Australia

Suttacentral-img
~20,000 Buddhist texts

offered

41 languages

covered by the platform

Project details

The SuttaCentral project is an online & offline library consisting of ~20,000 ancient Buddhist texts in 41 languages.

The new version of the website includes detailed references, show relations between the texts and provide the original text and translations where possible.

Suttacentral
Suttacentral
STX Next Delivered
Team Extension
Team Extension
Product Design
Product Design
Consulting
Consulting
Full-Stack Development
Full-Stack Development
Continuous Integration
Continuous Integration
Automated Testing
Automated Testing
Manual Testing
Manual Testing
DevOps Support
DevOps Support
Bhante Sujato
Director @ SuttaCentral

We came to STXnext looking for a partner to join our developers in putting together a site for Buddhist texts. It's a complex project, involving tens of thousands of texts and relations, and dealing with nearly forty languages. We've been more than happy with the process. The STXnext team has shown initiative and interest, and has been quick to adapt to working with our developers.

Challenge

The SuttaCentral team reached out to us with the idea to create a new website (based on a mockup they provided) with the plan of including offline functionality in the future. The project goal was to enable the public to access an online & offline library consisting of ~20,000 ancient Buddhist texts in 41 languages.

Solution

STX Next provided SuttaCentral with a full development team (backend devs, frontend devs, QA Tester and a Product Owner) as an extension of the client’s team. Thanks to the ongoing daily cooperation between the teams, we were able to clearly define the product and its requirements. The program features implemented by STX Next include a graph database to support an enormous number of text connections (~400.000), key online website functionalities (text summaries, text views, dictionaries lookups, Pali scripts, different levels of text navigation, etc.) and PWA (offline) functionality to tackle the main user challenges (a slow/costly internet connection or lack of internet connectivity).

Python
Python
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Flask
Docker
Docker
Elasticsearch
Elasticsearch
ArangoDB
ArangoDB
Travis
Travis
Polymer 2
Polymer 2
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