Tag: api

by Josh Stearns

This post originally appeared on the Local News Lab. The American Press Institute just published a terrific report with lessons from nearly 20 news organizations who are building their event strategy. If your newsroom is interested in face-to-face community engagement and exploring events as a new revenue stream, the report is a must read. The […] more »

by John Berryman

State codes are wretched. Seriously, look at a few from: California, New York, Illinois, and Texas. They are all good examples of how stunningly difficult it is to understand state laws. They don’t have APIs. Virtually none have bulk downloads. You’re stuck with their crude offerings. The State Decoded is a platform that displays state codes, court decisions, and information […] more »

by Miguel Paz

The Poderopedia platform helps show the relationships among the elite in a country or region, especially in places where power is concentrated in the hands of a few people. After winning the Knight News Challenge in 2011, we launched Poderopedia in Chile last fall, with the goal of mapping who’s who in business and politics […] more »

by Philip Neustrom

We’re excited to announce that the first version of the LocalWiki API has just been released! What’s this mean? In June, folks in Raleigh, N.C., held their annual CityCamp event. CityCamp is a sort of “civic hackathon” for Raleigh. During one part of the event, people broke up into teams and came up with projects […] more »

by Francis Irving

Lots of people, when they hear about ScraperWiki, ask, “Is scraping legal? How can you build a business off that?” Usually, they follow up by saying, “We do it in our company, but we would never tell anyone.” This is strange to us, as we have come from a world of good scraping: taking government […] more »

by Waldo Jaquith

Those of us who deal with big data have a tendency to describe working with it in cavalier terms. “Oh, I just grabbed the XML file, wrote a quick parser to turn it into CSV, bulk loaded it into MySQL, laid an API on top of it, and I was done.” The truth is that […] more »

by Nicola Hughes

There’s a wonderful magic wand that every member of a digital newsroom wants to get their hands on. Take control and you can work wonders, untangle the world wide web of information, and even decrease your workload to fit in that extra cup of coffee. “What is this wand?” you ask, and “How can I […] more »

by Christopher Groskopf

Last time I wrote it was to solicit ideas for PANDA’s API. We’ve since implemented those ideas, and we’ve just released our third alpha, which includes a complete writable API, demo scripts showing how to import from three different data sources, and the ability to import data from Excel spreadsheets. The PANDA project aims to […] more »

by Christopher Groskopf

Last Friday, we closed out our eighth iteration of PANDA Project development and published our second alpha. We’ve added a login/registration system, dataset search, complex query support and a variety of other improvements. You can try out the new release now by visiting our test site here. The PANDA project aims to make basic data […] more »

by Dan Schultz

Last month, I had the privilege of participating in the Mozilla-Knight Learning Lab. This four-week online lecture series pulled together 60 individuals interested in journalism and technology and got them to sit together watching an array of guest lecturers. The end product from each participant was a project proposal. Since it looks like I’m going […] more »