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Wednesday, 27th January 2010

World Government Data. Launched last week, this is the Guardian’s meta-search engine for searching and browsing through data from four different government data sites (with more sites planned). Under the hood it’s Django, Solr, Haystack and the Scrapy crawling library. The application was built by Ben Firshman during an internship over Christmas. # 12:27 pm

Applications: the real stars of the launch. A write-up of the launch event at the Guardian. I demonstrated the Guardian’s World Government Data search engine and a small inspired feature on WildlifeNearYou. # 12:23 pm

After Three Months, Only 35 Subscriptions for Newsday’s Web Site. Not an entirely representative figure, since it doesn’t include the print and cable subscribers who get access to the website as part of their existing package. # 8:16 am

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