An open API for public media

So, according to Poynter, all the big US public media organizations are getting together to work on an open API:

“I really err on the side of openness and inclusiveness,” [CEO of PRX Jake] Shapiro said. Public media, he said, is uniquely suited for this work because of its public service mission — “to make sure content that reflects public dollars is accessible in the most broad and relevant way possible.”

Amen. This open API, or “Public Media Platform” as they’re calling it, brings together American Public Media, PRX, PRI, PBS, and NPR.

Notably (but not surprisingly) absent from this list: a certain large Canadian public media company.

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  1. Paul Mcgrath says:

    stupid questions: what would be the benefit of participating? what is the API making available to the public? would the Canadian public be interested in a data pipeline of primarily American news?

    finally is this an "open data" initiative?

    • Dan Misener says:

      > what would be the benefit of participating?

      To build things together that we can't build alone. To provide more open access to the content we already make. To allow others to build on top of what we do. Mostly, though: to make CBC more of a platform.

      > what is the API making available to the public?

      Don't quote me on this, but my understanding is that it's similar to what NPR current offers through its API: http://www.npr.org/api/index

      > would the Canadian public be interested in a data pipeline of primarily American news?

      I certainly would. I regularly listen to NPR, APM, and PRI radio programs. And remember, it'd go both ways. We know there's an American appetite for Canadian public media.

      > finally is this an "open data" initiative?

      More open than it currently is. :)

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