Institute for Philosophy Bayreuth

Argunet is again presented in Bayreuth. We reconstruct a short section of Humes “Dialogues concerning natural religion” with the course for argumentation theory. Additionally, we introduce students into the  advanced features of Argunet in a two-hour tutorial. Thanks to professor Hegselmann for his warm hospitality!

Argunet in the classroom

In a first pilot project Argunet has been employed for several weeks in two ninth classes of the Schiller Gymnasium, a high school in Berlin. The students learned to structurize and analyze debates with Argunet argument maps. These argument maps were then used as a basis for writing short essays.

Thanks to all students and the two teachers for participating in this stimulating experiment! It has not only been fun to watch a whole class reconstructing argument maps with Argunet, but it has given us important insights into what specific requirements are to be met by Argunet to be ready for the classroom.

Argunet Release 0.2.3 Beta

Features

  • Copy and Paste. You can now copy paste arguments between arbitrary
    argument maps by clicking on the Copy and Paste Buttons.
  • Apply with password. Debate administrators can now allow access to debates with a debate password (it’s optional, you can still set user rights manually).

Argunet Users Mailing List

So far it has not been easy to create argument maps with Argunet without a personal introduction from us. Although we have tried to make everything as simple as possible, there are some features you will not find without our help. A documentation with tutorials is in preparation, but it will not be published until November.

To make things easier for you, we have therefore started a mailing list, where we will try to answer all your questions. Please do not hesitate to ask!

We will also use the mailing list to announce new releases, so please join the list if you want to be kept up-to-date.

Argunet Release 0.2.2 Beta

This is an “experimental” release with exciting new features. Attention: To implement the new features on the Argunet Server we had to update it. It will not interact with any previous versions of Argunet Client!

Features

  • Copy argument maps by dragging arguments from one map to another. This works even between different debates, which means that you can now upload and download arguments or even whole debates!
  • Group arguments. The new argument map element “group” allows you to structure complex maps, by visualizing topical areas of it.
  • Faster client-server communication
  • The wizards for opening and creating debates have been optimized.
  • Argument maps look nicer
  • Argument maps display, which argument is currently open and active in the argument view
  • The connection between argument map editor, argument view and debate view is visualized
  • The programm title bar displays the debate title

Fixes

  • Deleting of semantic relations

Server update: Please update your Argunet Client!

We have updated the Argunet Server for more features and faster communication. Since we still are in the beta phase of development we have decided to do without backwards compatibility. You can still work on your old debates on the server. However clients older than 0.2.2 will no longer communicate with the server, so please update your installation!

Project “Risk mapping” (MPS, WZU)

Argunet is presented at the “risk mapping” project in Augsburg, a project of the MPS (Project group for social research Munich) and the WZU (environment science center). Argunet’s features are demonstrated by interactively reconstructing arguments on the risks of nanoparticles.

Studienstiftung Summer School

Argunet is used at a Summer School of the Studienstftung des deutschen
Volkes at Rot an der Rot. Various kinds of debates (political,
juridical, economical, scientific) are reconstructed and analysed with
Argunet. In sum, Argunet and the underlying reconstruction method has
proved capable of handling such diverse topics.

Argunet Release 0.2.1 Beta

This is a smaller release, that focuses on stability and graphical improvements. Many bugs of the last version have been fixed. Via the welcome page you can now check online for new Argunet updates, so that you can easily keep Argunet up-to-date.

Argunet Release 0.2.0 Beta

The Argunet team is proud to present an important milestone in Argunet’s development.

Version 0.2.0 contains numerous major enhancements and dozens of bug fixes. Much of
the feed-back we received during the first part of the beta phase was incorporated into
this release. We wish to thank all of our testers and users and hope you will enjoy
this new version of Argunet! Note that the program is still far from being complete
(we are still in beta!) and please continue to contribute feedback.

Here is a brief overview of the most important improvements:

  • Complete revision of map editor handling. There is a single tool now – the arrow tool – for all major map construction operations. Click on an empty space and choose from the tool-bar showing at the cursor whether you
    want to create an argument or a thesis. Select a node with a single click. Drag a selected
    node to move it. Single-click a selected node for in-place editing. Drag the mouse on an
    unselected node to draw an arrow; when the button is released a tool-bar shows up to set
    the arrow type. Shift-click for quick multiple selection. Drag on empty canvas for the
    selection rectangle.
  • There is a single view for all debate management tasks, including the trash and the
    user rights editor.
  • The wizards for creating and loading debates, logging on a server etc. have been restructured
    and disentangled. Server login data can be saved on all platforms.
  • You can now check for program updates, download them and update Argunet from within the program.
    Choose “Update…” from the “Help” menu to check for updates.
  • Also, optional features extending Argunet can be installed form the Internet from within the
    program. Choose “Search for extensions…” from the “Help” menu to browse the available extensions.
  • When views or editors are maximized other views are still available from tool-bars on the sides
    of the screen.
  • “Under the hood” the program is much better adapted to the mechanisms of our technological
    platform, the Eclipse RCP.