NYT Explorer shows off New York Times Article Search API

Posted on February 24, 2009. Filed under: Tech News | Tags: , , |

By Jay Hathaway

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At a time when a lot of newspapers are shutting down or finding themselves forced to come up with a smarter online strategy, the New York Times is evolving its web content with improvements like the Article Skimmer and an Article Search API. The API can be used to build interesting applications on top of the Times’ huge database of articles and information. Taylor Barstow’s NYT Explorer is one early example of an app built on Article Search.

When you search for a topic on NYT Explorer, it quickly delivers a list of the relevant articles, sorted by date. For example, a search for software turned up about 40,000 results. That’s a lot of articles, but not to worry: NYT Explorer’s sidebar has a bunch of quick ways to refine your results and get what you want. You can check a person, a specific column in the paper, a subject, or a location to narrow your results down. All of these categories are sorted by the number of times each item appears in your results. It’s an efficient, unfussy way to browse through a mountain of news.

Source: downloadsquad

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