OpenBlock
          Open source hyper-local data platform
         or, open source and the News Challenge



Nick Grossman...
Tonight
1. A little about OpenPlans
2. OpenBlock: open source hyper-local data platform
3. Open source and the News Challe...
Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openp...
OpenPlans




Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetu...
OpenPlans

                                                                                      NYC nonprofit tech & media...
OpenPlans

                                                                                      NYC nonprofit tech & media...
OpenPlans

                                                                                      NYC nonprofit tech & media...
OpenPlans

                                                                                      NYC nonprofit tech & media...
OpenPlans

                                                                                      NYC nonprofit tech & media...
OpenPlans

                                                                                      NYC nonprofit tech & media...
OpenPlans

                                                                                      NYC nonprofit tech & media...
OpenPlans

                                                                                      NYC nonprofit tech & media...
OpenPlans

                                                                                      NYC nonprofit tech & media...
OpenPlans

                                                                                      NYC nonprofit tech & media...
OpenPlans

                                                                                      NYC nonprofit tech & media...
OpenPlans

                                                                                      NYC nonprofit tech & media...
OpenPlans

                                                                                      NYC nonprofit tech & media...
OpenPlans

                                                                                      NYC nonprofit tech & media...
OpenBlock
A.K.A. “EveryBlock Open Source”
 openblockproject.org
Goals for OpenBlock
Goals for OpenBlock
Today:
Cool app that’s hard to set up and use
Goals for OpenBlock
Today:
Cool app that’s hard to set up and use
Tomorrow:
Cool app that’s easy for lots of people
to set...
Goals for OpenBlock
Today:
Cool app that’s hard to set up and use
Tomorrow:
Cool app that’s easy for lots of people
to set...
System Overview
       Public Web UI                     Data
                                       Scrapers
        Djan...
Missing Parts
Widgets         Admin UI      Public UI
                                              Data
                R...
Collecting News
 Local Police
News Source
Beat Web Site
Collecting News
 Local Police
News Source
Beat Web Site




   Scraper
Collecting News
 Local Police
News Source
Beat Web Site




                 B&E at 123
   Scraper       News Item
       ...
Collecting News
 Local Police
News Source
Beat Web Site




                 B&E at 123
   Scraper       News Item      Ge...
Collecting News
 Local Police
News Source
Beat Web Site




                 B&E at 123
   Scraper       News Item        ...
• highly configurable
• highly configurable
• highly extensable
• highly configurable
• highly extensable
• good base for many
 geo / data apps
• highly configurable
• highly extensable
• good base for many
 geo / data apps
• many possibilities for
 new experiences
OpenBlock: Developer Resources
OpenBlock: Developer Resources

           openblockproject.org
     developer.openblockproject.org
        demo.openblock...
OpenBlock: Developer Resources

             openblockproject.org
       developer.openblockproject.org
          demo.ope...
OpenBlock: Developer Resources

                openblockproject.org
          developer.openblockproject.org
            ...
Open Source
and the News Challenge
  i.e., how to open source your project
        without breaking your budget
What do you really mean by
     “open source”?
What do you really mean by
         “open source”?
By "open-source" we mean a digital, open-source
platform that uses a co...
What do you really mean by
         “open source”?
By "open-source" we mean a digital, open-source
platform that uses a co...
What do you really mean by
           “open source”?
By "open-source" we mean a digital, open-source
platform that uses a ...
Open Source is a
long-term proposition
  but... it’s easy to plan ahead for it
Feature development &
documentation: ticket tracker/wiki
Product discussion:
    mailing list
Code: social repo
Progress: blog
Periodic releases: demo server
Open source resources
•   Book: Producing Open Source Software
    http://producingoss.com

•   Citizen Media Law Project
...
Thanks!
  (see you at the hackathon October 30th)

OpenPlans:          http://openplans.org
OpenBlock:          http://ope...
Knight Night: OpenBlock and Open Source in the Knight News Challenge
Knight Night: OpenBlock and Open Source in the Knight News Challenge
Knight Night: OpenBlock and Open Source in the Knight News Challenge
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  1. 1. OpenBlock Open source hyper-local data platform or, open source and the News Challenge Nick Grossman, Director of Civic Works, OpenPlans | @nickgrossman Knight Night @ The Nieman Lab - 10/19/2010
  2. 2. Tonight 1. A little about OpenPlans 2. OpenBlock: open source hyper-local data platform 3. Open source and the News Challenge
  3. 3. Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
  4. 4. OpenPlans Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
  5. 5. OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
  6. 6. OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
  7. 7. OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
  8. 8. OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
  9. 9. OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
  10. 10. OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
  11. 11. OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
  12. 12. OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
  13. 13. OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
  14. 14. OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
  15. 15. OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
  16. 16. OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
  17. 17. OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source OneBusAway Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
  18. 18. OpenPlans NYC nonprofit tech & media organization Founded in 1999, now 50 people Civic Engagement, Open Government Journalism + Open Source OneBusAway Photo by eyeheartnewyork on tumblr http://tumblr.eyeheartnewyork.com/post/1208761606/nyc-hacks-hackers-meetup-at-the-openplans
  19. 19. OpenBlock A.K.A. “EveryBlock Open Source” openblockproject.org
  20. 20. Goals for OpenBlock
  21. 21. Goals for OpenBlock Today: Cool app that’s hard to set up and use
  22. 22. Goals for OpenBlock Today: Cool app that’s hard to set up and use Tomorrow: Cool app that’s easy for lots of people to set up and use
  23. 23. Goals for OpenBlock Today: Cool app that’s hard to set up and use Tomorrow: Cool app that’s easy for lots of people to set up and use Many newspapers & news hackers able to deploy & build on their own OpenBlock instance
  24. 24. System Overview Public Web UI Data Scrapers Django Web Geocoder Openblock Model Map Server Django ORM PostgreSQL + PostGIS
  25. 25. Missing Parts Widgets Admin UI Public UI Data REST API Scrapers Django Web Geocoder Openblock Model Map Server Django ORM PostgreSQL + PostGIS Installer Documentation
  26. 26. Collecting News Local Police News Source Beat Web Site
  27. 27. Collecting News Local Police News Source Beat Web Site Scraper
  28. 28. Collecting News Local Police News Source Beat Web Site B&E at 123 Scraper News Item Fakey St. News Item Crime Report Item Type
  29. 29. Collecting News Local Police News Source Beat Web Site B&E at 123 Scraper News Item GeoCoder Fakey St. News Item Crime Report Item Type
  30. 30. Collecting News Local Police News Source Beat Web Site B&E at 123 Scraper News Item GeoCoder Fakey St. News Item Crime Report Item Type B&E at 123 News Item Fakey St. News Item Crime Report Item Type 123 Fakey St. Locations
  31. 31. • highly configurable
  32. 32. • highly configurable • highly extensable
  33. 33. • highly configurable • highly extensable • good base for many geo / data apps
  34. 34. • highly configurable • highly extensable • good base for many geo / data apps • many possibilities for new experiences
  35. 35. OpenBlock: Developer Resources
  36. 36. OpenBlock: Developer Resources openblockproject.org developer.openblockproject.org demo.openblockproject.org
  37. 37. OpenBlock: Developer Resources openblockproject.org developer.openblockproject.org demo.openblockproject.org Open Source Mapping / GIS tools - opengeo.org
  38. 38. OpenBlock: Developer Resources openblockproject.org developer.openblockproject.org demo.openblockproject.org Open Source Mapping / GIS tools - opengeo.org HyperLocal w/ OpenBlock Hack Day at MIT - Oct 30th Hacks/Hackers, Boston Globe, OpenPlans + you http://meetupbos.hackhackers.com
  39. 39. Open Source and the News Challenge i.e., how to open source your project without breaking your budget
  40. 40. What do you really mean by “open source”?
  41. 41. What do you really mean by “open source”? By "open-source" we mean a digital, open-source platform that uses a code base that can be used by anyone after the grant period to either replicate your project in their community or to build upon it.
  42. 42. What do you really mean by “open source”? By "open-source" we mean a digital, open-source platform that uses a code base that can be used by anyone after the grant period to either replicate your project in their community or to build upon it. You will own your platform, but you will have to share any software you develop under a GPL license and any documents, manuals or instructions under Creative Commons licensing.
  43. 43. What do you really mean by “open source”? By "open-source" we mean a digital, open-source platform that uses a code base that can be used by anyone after the grant period to either replicate your project in their community or to build upon it. You will own your platform, but you will have to share any software you develop under a GPL license and any documents, manuals or instructions under Creative Commons licensing. ...
  44. 44. Open Source is a long-term proposition but... it’s easy to plan ahead for it
  45. 45. Feature development & documentation: ticket tracker/wiki
  46. 46. Product discussion: mailing list
  47. 47. Code: social repo
  48. 48. Progress: blog
  49. 49. Periodic releases: demo server
  50. 50. Open source resources • Book: Producing Open Source Software http://producingoss.com • Citizen Media Law Project http://www.citmedialaw.org • Software Freedom Law Center http://www.softwarefreedom.org • Knight will help you if you are selected
  51. 51. Thanks! (see you at the hackathon October 30th) OpenPlans: http://openplans.org OpenBlock: http://openblockproject.org Nick Grossman: nick@openplans.org @nickgrossman
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