August 29, 2009

Some of What I've been up to

I've been profoundly disappointed in both major political parties. We can't seem to renew either of them in any way that seems to stick. Creating tools that work around their fundamental incompetence and corruption seems to be the only peaceful way out that might have a shot at working.

Instead of blogging, that's what I've been doing, conceiving and starting to build something that might serve for that purpose. I'm using the Sam Adams Alliance's Sunshine Review wiki as a starter data set. I'm looking to create a wiki/structured data set interface for the Wikipedia software, MediaWiki.

There doesn't seem to be much out there to take the relatively unstructured data coming out of wikis and structuring it so that you can do some analysis across various wiki pages where appropriate. There are a lot of projects looking to take advantage of free labor that use wiki platforms but they cripple themselves by not getting a version of the data that is more structured.

Posted by TMLutas at August 29, 2009 06:07 PM