The following blog, written by Ryan Pitts and Dan Sinker, is cross-posted from source.opennews.org.
When we talk with newsrooms about open-sourcing their work, often the response we get is that they’d love to, but deadline pressures keep the last-mile work and documentation that signifies a good open-source project on the to-do list. So at OpenNews, we came up with a simple proposition: What if we free up that time by getting developers out of the deadline grind? Let’s put them up for a few days, feed them, and help get the work done.
Last week, we brought eight news developers to Portland, Oregon, to pilot the concept. We’re calling these type of get-togethers “Code Convenings,” and last week’s was the first of many that OpenNews will organize over the next three years. We had developers from the New York Times, NPR, ProPublica, WNYC, Al Jazeera America, and Github, and together they released:
· Pym.js: An NPR library enabling responsive iframes for embedded graphics
· PourOver and Tamper: A New York Times library and protocol pair that let you quickly filter datasets with thousands of records, right in the browser
· Landline + Stateline: A ProPublica tool for creating easy SVG maps that work across all browsers
· FourScore: A WNYC graphic template for capturing reader sentiments in an elegant 2D chart
Each team has introduced their projects here on Source, and we also wanted to share our own process and things we learned from this event.