The following section was written in December 2012, just a few weeks before beginning the project:
The project: Beginning January 1st, 2013 Ali will create and publish a new web application every day [minus Sundays] using the open data provided by various web APIs. The APIs will range from government and institutional data to user-generated content from social media websites.
The lists: To provide some direction and structure, two lists will be created before January 1st: the list of APIs to choose from, and a shorter list of themes/tasks (data visualization, social tool, net art, etc.) to be chosen and paired with the day’s API.
The purpose: The goal of this project is not just to build up programming and design skills or add to any portfolio. It is mostly intended to shed light to the vast amounts of data made available and easily accessible by government agencies, nonprofit organizations, social media platforms, and other websites. The project is also meant to provide an example of the various ways this data and information can be transformed by web developers of all skill levels.
Contact Ali: email@example.com