The Guardian today announced its new Open Platform, and influential technology bloggers and analysts took notice. The Guardian is providing content and data APIs to enable and encourage developers to build third-party apps. Developers can monetize their creations with advertising, but will eventually be required to join an ad network.
As anyone who has picked up a local newspaper lately can attest, the death of print media is not greatly exaggerated, but a grim fact.Ã¢â‚¬Â The Guardian seems committed to the kind of innovation that may help it to weather the storm.
From our perspective, it’s pretty amazing to see the much-heralded age of big and open data becoming a reality. Open access to news and data sets is sure to open the floodgates for insights from new methods of quantifying and visualizing reporting.