The problems I work on every day at Yahoo! are mostly interesting intellectual challenges. In one way or another, these challenges benefit Yahoo!'s users; you, our developer audience; or our shareholders. However, sometimes I get the desire to do more, as I suspect many of you do too. Being a developer gives you an amazing power of creation. You are not a sheep. You have the ability to change things, from small incremental changes to, perhaps, the whole world. This project was big one for me: I really hope I am sowing the seeds of something much bigger, and with your help I will be.
So what exactly are we releasing? The first part is a new batch of YQL tables providing data on the U.S. government, earthquake data, and the non-profit micro-lender Kiva. The second part is an incredibly easy way to render YQL queries on websites. After all, what good is data that no one can see? There's a lot to talk about so I'll go through it piece by piece.
I was incredibly excited when data.gov wasRead More »from Using Public Data for Good With the Power of YQL