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  • Phil Gyford
    http://www.pepysdiary.com/about/archive/2011/01/22/12085.php Diary and Encyclopedia data available Those of you with a technological bent may be interested to
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 21, 2011
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      Diary and Encyclopedia data available


      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.

      There’s a lot more detail in the README file <http://www.pepysdiary.com/export/json/README.html>, which is also included in the 6MB zip archive of the data (no need to download that if you’re not a programmer-type person!) <http://www.pepysdiary.com/export/json/pepysdiary_json.zip>.

      All the files are in JSON format <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JSON> 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.

      Do you have any ideas, even if you wouldn’t know how to make it yourself?



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      Phil Gyford
      http://www.gyford.com/
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