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Welcome to the OpenBlock developers site

What's OpenBlock?

OpenBlock is a web application that displays "hyper-local news": things that are happening right on your block and around the corner.

OpenBlock can also be used as a service providing a REST API, feeds, and custom widgets for integration with your existing systems.

Any kind of data that has both a location and a date could be displayed by an openblock site. Typical examples include: local police reports, news articles mentioning local places, restaurant inspections, etc.

The best way to understand what OpenBlock can do is to see it in action. Check out the demo at demo.openblockproject.org.

Development on OpenBlock is ongoing. Catch up with the latest news on our blog. If you're a developer, join the discussion list, head to github, or dive into our detailed documentation.

Installing

See the install instructions at http://openblockproject.org/docs/

For system-specific requirements, see Installation requirements.

Read the Feature List.

Data

Learn more about the Data needed to run OpenBlock

More Resources

Project Homepage: http://openblockproject.org

Blog: http://blog.openblockproject.org

Demo: http://demo.openblockproject.org

Chat: #openblock on irc.freenode.net

History of OpenBlock

OpenBlock is a fork of the open-source code originally created for Everyblock.com by Adrian Holovaty and others. While the original developers are continuing everyblock.com as a commercial project, OpenBlock has been spun off as a fully free/open-source (GPL v3) project.

This work is being done by OpenPlans with funding from the Knight Foundation, who also funded the initial development of everyblock.com.

For more information, see openblockproject.org