May 26, 2011
Civic minded hackers from all over the world recently organized themeselves for action as a part of the International Open Government Hackathon. The team from Portland, Oregon decided to make use of a platform called ScraperWiki that can grab data from government websites and turn into more consumable formats via the ScraperWiki API. Their work is an excellent example of developer ingenuity at unlocking data that is hard to use but still very useful.
Image processing probably isn't the most exhilarating part of creating a website, and a tool that could take care of all of that would definitely be appealing. Blitline is a cloud based image processing platform that works on a pay-as-you-go basis. The Blitline API allows users to submit thousands of jobs to be processed and pushed to their online photo storage service, using a simple JSON interface.