POST: Using data from historic newspapers

Library of Congress’ blog The Signal features a post drawn from a talk by David Brunton (Library of Congress) on the need to simplify APIs. Brunton explains why complicated APIs are challenging for users, and offers his observations from his work on LoC’s Chronicling America project:

But over time it has been my unscientific observation that researchers are, in general, subject to at least three constraints that make simplification of APIs a priority:

  • Most researchers are gathering data from multiple sources
  • Most researchers don’t have unlimited access to a group of professional developers
  • Most researchers already possess a tool of choice for modeling or visualization

The post shows examples of Library of Congress APIs and their use cases.


dh+lib Review

This post was produced through a cooperation between Camille Cooper, Noah Geraci, Alyssa Guzman, Mies Martin, Jennifer Matthews, Chella Vaidyanathan, Sarah Vela (Editors-at-large for the week), Caitlin Christian-Lamb and Sarah Melton (Editors for the week), and Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara, Roxanne Shirazi, and Patrick Williams (dh+lib Review Editors).