As journalists, we're spending an awful amount of time reading the news. Going through
the papers, our favourite news websites, our Twitter lists, and our RSS
feeds, is part of our morning routine. At work, the familiar ticking of
wires coming in never stop.s
Some of us now work with data too, considering it a source in itself; a source which can give us tips, leads, and stories, just like our informant working in the Home office.
Problem is: data is hard to consume. It often comes in formats not as easily readable as a block of text or a phone conversation. It is regularly updated, and sometimes, it is a stream of numbers.
Datastringer will help you subscribe to data sources, and will notify you
when patterns arise or thresholds are broken.
Just like your local correspondent will give you a call when there's a story to write.
If you need support, give us a shout.
The code is available on Github,
and that's where you should start.
Just clone the repo and run the installation script located at root. You only have to do that once:
$ git clone https://github.com/basilesimon/datastringer.git $ cd datastringer $ ./install.shThen configure the whole shebang by running
node wizard.jsand pointing your favourite browser to
http://localhost:3000/. It will take you through the config wizard and help you set up your first data sources.