Using Location-Based Data, Christian APIs andthe Christian Social Graph API Andrew Sears Executive Director
Outline1. Background on the Semantic Web2. Christian Social Graph3. Helpful tools for local apps & websites
The Need for the Semantic Web:What are the Online Megatrends? Browser traffic App Traffic General Search Vertical Search Proliferation of Open, Standardized Closed Datasets/APIs Machine Readable DataAll of these trends call for more standardizedAPIs and linked datasets = Semantic Web
App Traffic Growing beyond Browser Traffic Note: Includes all web (desktop and mobile)
Key Semantic Web Links FreeBase.com: Google’s open database of structured data DBpedia.org: database of structured data from Wikipedia Sindice.com: index of the semantic web Schema.org: most widely used ontology & schema of the Semantic web
Schema.org: Church DefinitionProperty Expected Type DescriptionProperties from Thingdescription Text A short description of the item.image URL URL of an image of the item.name Text The name of the item.url URL URL of the item.Properties from Placeaddress PostalAddress Physical address of the item. The overall rating, based on a collection ofaggregateRating AggregateRating reviews or ratings, of the item.containedIn Place The basic containment relation between places. Upcoming or past events associated with thisevents Event place or organization.faxNumber Text The fax number.geo GeoCoordinates or GeoShape The geo coordinates of the place. A count of a specific user interactions with this item—for example, 20 UserLikes, 5interactionCount Text UserComments, or 300 UserDownloads. The user interaction type should be one of the sub types of UserInteraction.maps URL A URL to a map of the place.photos Photograph or ImageObject Photographs of this place.reviews Review Review of the item.telephone Text The telephone number.Properties from CivicStructure The opening hours for a business. datetime="Mo-openingHours Duration Su">Monday through Sunday, all day</time>.
Schema.org: Organization Property Expected Type Description Properties from Thing description Text A short description of the item. image URL URL of an image of the item. name Text The name of the item. url URL URL of the item. Properties from Organization address PostalAddress Physical address of the item. The overall rating, based on a collection of reviews aggregateRating AggregateRating or ratings, of the item. contactPoints ContactPoint A contact point for a person or organization. email Text Email address. employees Person People working for this organization. Upcoming or past events associated with this place events Event or organization. faxNumber Text The fax number. founders Person A person who founded this organization. foundingDate Date The date that this organization was founded. A count of a specific user interactions with this item—for example, 20 UserLikes, 5 UserComments, interactionCount Text or 300 UserDownloads. The user interaction type should be one of the sub types of UserInteraction. location Place or PostalAddress The location of the event or organization. members Person or Organization A member of this organization. reviews Review Review of the item. telephone Text The telephone number.More specific types: Corporation, EducationalOrganization, GovernmentOrganization,LocalBusiness, NGO, PerformingGroup, SportsTeam
Schema.org: Job PostingProperty Expected Type DescriptionProperties from Thingdescription Text A short description of the item.image URL URL of an image of the item.name Text The name of the item.url URL URL of the item.Properties from JobPostingbaseSalary Number The base salary of the job.benefits Text Description of benefits associated with the job.datePosted Date Publication date for the job posting.educationRequirements Text Educational background needed for the position. Type of employment (e.g. full-time, part-time, contract, temporary, seasonal,employmentType Text internship).experienceRequirements Text Description of skills and experience needed for the position.hiringOrganization Organization Organization offering the job position.incentives Text Description of bonus and commission compensation aspects of the job.industry Text The industry associated with the job position.jobLocation Place A (typically single) geographic location associated with the job position. Category or categories describing the job. Use BLS O*NET-SOC taxonomy:occupationalCategory Text http://www.onetcenter.org/taxonomy.html. Ideally includes textual label and formal code, with the property repeated for each applicable value.qualifications Text Specific qualifications required for this role.responsibilities Text Responsibilities associated with this role. The currency (coded using ISO 4217, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_4217 used forsalaryCurrency Text the main salary information in this job posting.skills Text Skills required to fulfill this role. Any special commitments associated with this job posting. Valid entries includespecialCommitments Text VeteranCommit, MilitarySpouseCommit, etc.title Text The title of the job.workHours Text The typical working hours for this job (e.g. 1st shift, night shift, 8am-5pm).
Schema.org: Event (i.e. small group)Property Expected Type DescriptionProperties from Thingdescription Text A short description of the item.image URL URL of an image of the item.name Text The name of the item.url URL URL of the item.Properties from Eventattendees Person or Organization A person attending the event. The duration of the item (movie, audio recording, event, etc.) induration Duration ISO 8601 date format.endDate Date The end date and time of the event (in ISO 8601 date format).location Place or PostalAddress The location of the event or organization. An offer to sell this item—for example, an offer to sell aoffers Offer product, the DVD of a movie, or tickets to an event. The main performer or performers of the event—for example, aperformers Person or Organization presenter, musician, or actor.startDate Date The start date and time of the event (in ISO 8601 date format). Events that are a part of this event. For example, a conferencesubEvents Event event includes many presentations, each are subEvents of the conference. An event that this event is a part of. For example, a collectionsuperEvent Event of individual music performances might each have a music festival as their superEvent.
What is the largest social network in the world? No. Facebook is the largest online social network 900 million The Global Body of Christ is the largest social network. 2 billion Christians. The problem is the Global Body of Christ is Disconnected!
Christian Social Graph Vision What if every Christian could connect with the needs and resources to maximize their calling on earth? ◦ Missions: Mapping every need in the world to Christians with resources to meet that need ◦ Discipleship: Mapping every Christian with resources they need for growth ◦ Helping Christians meet the needs of non- Christians Why do thousands of people have this same vision? ◦ It’s something that God is doing
Examples of Resources Needed Christian Social Network: $100 million Christian Social Graph: $100 million ◦ Global Church Directory: $50 million ◦ Global Parachurch Directory: $10 million ◦ Global Volunteer/Missions Directory: $10 million Christian Wikipedia: $10 million Christian YouTube: $10-50 million Christian TED Talks: $10-50 millionHow do you build a $100 project when youonly have a few million dollars?
What is the Christian Social Graph?1. The Christian social graph is a social utility to connect Christians and resources ◦ Similar to the Facebook Social graph, but more open and focused on mapping resources related to Christians2. It will be how Christians contribute to the semantic web (Web 3.0) ◦ Will build on standards like RDF, Schema.org and Facebook Open Graph API3. Provides a way to: ◦ Share data and code to avoid replicating each others work ◦ Use each other’s data to build apps and websites
Existing Christian API’s Location Based ◦ Christian Social Graph, ChristianChirp, WeGather, ChurchZip Church Management Systems ◦ Access ACS, IconCMO, Fellowship One, Planning Center Bible ◦ American Bible Society, Bible Gateway, Bible Lookup, Bible.org, Biblia.com, eBibleicious, ESV Bible Lookup, Living Stones, St. Gregorios Church Bible Misc ◦ Prayer Planet, SermonAudio
Christian Social Graph API Volunteer Opportunities 10,000 TechMission’s Funders & Grants Jobs 6,000 Initial Focus Organizations Content 15,000 Christian Social Graph Groups & Churches Events Classified People Listing
Demo Links Data Available & Facets ◦ Local Volunteer Opportunities ◦ Short Term Missions Opportunities ◦ Organizations ◦ Christian Jobs ◦ Virtual Volunteering ◦ Maps Sample API Request ◦ www.christianvolunteering.org/apiaccess.jsp ◦ Feed of All Opportunities in XML
Data Sharing Agreement and API TechMission will have contracts both with data providers and those using our API An API key can be provided to partners to access data from the Christian social graph ◦ Partners not following terms of agreement in using data correctly may have their API key revoked Key API Terms ◦ Only used for live access through programming on websites and applications ◦ No use in mailing lists ◦ No reselling data ◦ May be used in for profit websites and apps ◦ Intent is to provide open access to data while protecting from abuse Tech Specs ◦ Will use initially Solr query syntax, but later will provide SPARQL ◦ Will provide data as XML, JSON, RSS or CSV
Christian Social Graph Feeds Data From: ◦ ShortTermMissions.com, Meet the Need, Oscar.org.uk, SimplyHired, All for Good, IRS Nonprofit Database, HandsOn Network, AARP, Idealist.org, United Way, Truist, Habitat for Humanity, Service Nation, Universal Giving, ChristianVolunteering.org, Craigslist, MENTOR, Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Girl Scouts, YMCA, Up2Us, CatchaFire, Volunteer.gov, Rock the Vote, Citizen Corps, Red Cross, Samaritan Technologies, Catchafire Data To: ◦ Meet the Need, Needs Met, AllforGood, jobinventory.com, jobisjob.com, olx.com, simplyhired.com, trovit.com, job- search-engine.com, yakaz.com, oodle.com, workhound.co.uk, www.wowjobs.ca
Expanding Christian Social Graph TechMission Projects ◦ Parachurches: 100-200k by 2013 ◦ Churches: 300-400k in USA by 2013 ◦ Christian Foundations: 10-15k by 2013 (English only) ◦ Jobs: 5-10k now (English only) ◦ Volunteer/Missions Opportunities: 10k now (English only) Projects Needed ◦ Small Groups/Events ◦ Classifieds
Sources for Localized Data Semantic Web: ◦ Not ready for prime time APIs & Feeds (XML & JSON) ◦ Currently best source Web Scraping Scripts & Tools ◦ Be sure to obey copyright Web Crawler Scripts Public Data Purchasing Data Partnering to Share Data
Demo Links Meetup Craigslist/3Taps Open Source Code Base ◦ code.google.com/p/ivolunteering- christianvolunteering/ ◦ https://github.com/techmission Simplyhired_feeds Solr-synonyms
Feeds Libraries Input Feeds ◦ PHP HTTP Request: php.net/manual/en/book.http.php Parsing:php.net/manual/en/book.simplexml.php Optional Database Abstraction: PHP Data Objects ◦ Ruby HTTP request: mechanize Parsing: nokogiri ◦ Drupal Use Feeds Module Output Feeds ◦ Solr: use XSLT stylesheets for XML, RSS, JSON and CSV ◦ Each language provides libraries for outputting various format See code at: https://github.com/techmission
Tools for Local Apps/Websites IP Geolocation ◦ Free: www.maxmind.com/app/geolite ◦ Use to populate location in web browser Metropolitan Statistical Areas Database ◦ Use to map metro area based on Zip code entered in Web form ◦ Free (old) or pay for new ◦ Google “metropolitan statistical area zip code” Geo Search ◦ Solr: Geospatial Geocoding ◦ Google Maps API Maps Display ◦ Google Maps, Bing, Mapquest, Open Layers, etc. Most CMS’s will have module providing some of these functions
Location in Mobile Apps Options ◦ Xcode, Java, C#, Phonegap Provides ◦ Coordinates, direction & velocity, map display May still need to build your own ◦ Geospacial search, metro database, database of geocoded objects, etc.
Partnering Christian Social Graph Christian • Regional Christian portals Websites & • Church management Systems Applications • Christian social networks • Christian portals• Schema.org• Semantic Web • Websites• Search Engines Christian • System Integration Global Programming Mobile Apps• Social Networks •• Places/Maps Standards & Social Consultants • Facebook Apps Aggregators• AllforGood Graph • Widgets• 211 • Open Source Projects• Specialized Directories• National Aggregators Data Sources • 1,000’s of websites • Volunteer, Jobs, Orgs, etc.
Potential Apps & Websites Needs by Data Type ◦ Volunteer Opps, Missions, Parachurch & Foundation Search: ChristianVolunteering.org ◦ Church Search: Church Finder (concept app) ◦ Small Group Search: No public search app ◦ Christian Classifieds: None with critical mass Needs by project ◦ Websites ◦ App Platforms: Android, iOS, Facebook, Widgets, etc. ◦ Integrations: CMS modules, Church Management ◦ Languages & localizations ◦ Customizations: church/parachurch website integrations
Longer Term Applications of theChristian Social Graph “Siri find a Bible study on Luke that meets on Tuesday nights” Personality/profile type mapping to… ◦ Churches, jobs, volunteer opportunities, roommates, etc. Social maps to identify “seekers” and people about to become a Christian Social maps of the Global Body of Christ ◦ Relationships and giving across country, race, languages, class, etc.
The Problem of Splintering:Christian Jobs Probably 20k-100k Christian jobs online Christian searching for a job would need to search… ◦ Over 100 Christian jobs sites, most with less than 1% market share ◦ Hundreds of thousands of church and parachurch websites with job postings on their sites ◦ Secular job sites with Christian jobs Usability for Christian job seeker ◦ Top 5 secular job sites combined probably have 80% market share ◦ Top 5 Christian job sites combined have less than 20% market share ◦ Results in secularization
The Problem of Secularizing:Volunteering1. If Christians cannot easily find opportunities in Christian ministries, they will serve in secular ministries ◦ Strong secular bias against Christian organizations exists on secular sites ◦ About 40% of volunteers are in FBOs, but the leading secular volunteer site only list 3% of their opportunities as religious2. Christian volunteers provide hundreds of billions worth of donated services each year ◦ $100 billion x 40% = 40 billion ◦ $100 billion x 3% = 3 billion3. Lack of Christian volunteer directories with critical mass will result in secularization and a major loss of volunteer resources to ministries and churches4. Goal is to avoid secularizing Christian resources while also avoiding creating a “Christian ghetto”
Achieving Critical Mass Cost/Value User Generated Value Cost Number of Users
Will Christians Online be like ChristianRadio or Christian TV? Christian Radio ◦ Called “the major single innovation of the present missions era.” ◦ Christian Broadcast Network alone has reported 45 million decisions to follow Jesus through their broadcasts. ◦ At its peak, religious broadcasts represented the single largest component of transnational broadcasting Christian Television ◦ Gave us tele-evangelist and some really bad Christian TV ◦ Negligible presence in television compared to Hollywood If Christians remain splintered online in the social graph, the impact of Christians online is likely to be negligible like Christian TV