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Hyperlocal News Site – Now Build one for your neighbourhood [Everyblock goes open source]

EveryBlock is a local news site. It looks to be an aggregator of sorts, and the site filters news based on locations (and even neighborhoods).

In their own words –

EveryBlock is a new experiment in online journalism, offering a news feed for every city block in 15 cities. Enter any address, neighborhood or ZIP code in those cities, and the site shows you recent public records, news articles and other Web content that’s geographically relevant to you. To our knowledge, it’s the most granular approach to local news ever attempted.

They currently cover a few cities in the US, and hence will not be of much use or interest to the Indian. *However*, what is interesting is that they have open-sourced their code for people to use and build their own news sites. It was funded by a grant from Knight Foundation, which requires the site’s backend code to be open-sourced. The Code is available at http://www.everyblock.com/code/ .

To make the source code easier and useful, they have packaged it into different modules. Those of you who have been looking for a Django-Python based wiki and blog; please look no further!

Also, we would like to know your thoughts on the following –

  • Which and Why is better – News Aggregators? Or News Sites?
  • Will making source code public benefit an organization/company in any way?

Would love to hear what you have to say!

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