This is a guest post by Bill Amberg, a contract software developer and Camille Salas, an intern with the Library of Congress, who are both working on Viewshare. Trevor Owens also contributed to the post.
A Library of Congress search for Marie Curie formatted as a JSON URL returns multiple options for visualizations when uploaded in Viewshare.
After selecting and refining the data after import, the following table was created to show the title, description, location, and type of objects related to Marie Curie.
A second example is a view created with a Twitter API search for the most recent tweets from the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). The table view created shows the message, the number of times the message was favorited, retweeted, and the source of the tweet.
In addition to using library collections and twitter metadata, government data offers the ability to create interesting visualizations. This JSON feed URL from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was loaded into Viewshare and provides information about ultraviolet (UV) values for zip codes that could be used to create a scatter plot view.
We look forward to seeing many more examples of how JSON URLs will be used in Viewshare. If you know of any JSON data sets that could be used to create visualizations, let us know in the comments!