Saturday 22nd January 2011
Those of you with a technological bent may be interested to know that I’ve packaged up a lot of the data behind this site into computer readable form that will make it easy for people to make new things.
[After re-writing the site for 2013, this is no longer available; there was little interest and it wasn’t worth the time to get it working again.]
All the files are in JSON format and include:
The text of more than 3,000 diary entries, including footnotes and links to relevant Encyclopedia pages.
A list of the categories used in the Encyclopedia, with their structure.
All the data about the more than 4,000 topics in the Encyclopedia: names, descriptions, Wikipedia links, latitude/longitude, shapes, categories, etc.
More than 300 thumbnail images of people included in the Encyclopedia.
That should be plenty of stuff for someone who likes exploring data to get their teeth into. We already have maps of places in the Encyclopedia and graphs of how often each Topic appears. But there must be a lot more interesting (and probably beautiful) things that could be done with all this. Pepys’ Shows, which I mentioned the other day used an early release of some of this data.
Do you have any ideas, even if you wouldn’t know how to make it yourself?