API Wrapper for Machine-Readable Data

As we crawl and index the world’s data silos, we’ve noticed that some have APIs, to this extent we’ve gone ahead and created an API wrapper for those data sets that are already accessible in a machine readable format.

The benefit of this is that you’re now able to build on top of both NYC data and Chicago data through the Exversion API without having to go to either city’s open data site.


While the functionality is there, some problems still persist, primarily that we’re limited to the API functionality of the host website, and henceforth some API functions may not be available.

For example, while you can query a data set housed on Exversion to give you all results that have a single word in a column, the same cannot be said for external data we’ve wrapped from places such as NYC, San Francisco, or Chicago, where you’ll need to query a full text.

Upload data Which is why we urge you to download the data set and upload it to the platform to take full advantage of our API, and you can do this easily, by clicking the Menu box and selecting download and then CSV, and then clicking the Green Upload button. When you do this, the meta, description, and data attribution fields will be automatically populated. Just add a blurb describing the changes (if any), and upload the file.

For the above data set, City of Chicago / Christmas Tree Drop of Locations, the entire process took approximately a minute, making the data readily consumable by anyone on the site, and when you or anyone else searches for the data on Exversion, because it’s now hosted, it will appear at the top of your search.



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