Following the post earlier this week on XML and RSS for journalists I wanted to look at another important format for journalists working with data: JSON.
JSON is a data format which has been rising in popularity over the past few years. Quite often it is offered alongside – or instead of – XML by various information services, such as Google Maps, the UK Postcodes API and the Facebook Graph API.
Because of this, in practice JSON is more likely to be provided in response to a specific query (“Give me geographical and political data about this location”) than a general file that you access (“Give me all geographical data about everywhere”).
I’ll describe how you supply that query below. Continue reading