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The service provides a platform for neighborhood-specific, "hyper-local" news and information reporting. Designed to support websites for updates about community activities, it can also power widgets and feeds to integrate news into existing sites. Capabilities include mapping event reports and data summaries, such as local utility maintenance reports, crime statistics, and the like.

API methods support creating and retrieving news items, with location information tying them to a particular place. Methods also support listing places and locations, with search boundaries set by either a predetermined area or a random centerpoint and bounding circle of specified distance.

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OpenBlock: Highlights

Summary
Neighborhood and local news service
Category
News
Tags
Protocols
REST
Data Formats
JSON
API home
https://github.com/openplans/openblock 

OpenBlock: Specifications

Functionality

Client Install Required
No  
Service Endpoint
http://{location}.openblock.org/api/dev1/

Signup and Licensing

Signup Requirements
Yes, register account  
Developer Key Required
No  
Account Required
No  
Commercial Licensing
 
Provider
openblockproject.org/  
Non-Commercial Lic.
 
Data Licensing
 
Usage Fees
 
Program Fees
 
Certification Program
 
Usage Limits
150 requests/hour/user 
Terms of Service
 

Security

Authentication Model
HTTP Basic Authentication 
SSL Support
No 
Read-only Without Login
Yes 

Support

Vendor API Kits
 
Community API Kits
 
API Blog
 
Site Blog
blog.openblockproject.org/ 
API Forum
 
Developer Support
 
Console URL
 

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