re: Help gathering data VIEW POST


The first step is getting as many programs and resources into the system as possible. Scraping the public link dumps you have is a perfectly reasonable start: some data is better than no data, and once you have records, you can start attaching tags to them. BeautifulSoup is the last dedicated scraping tool I've used but you should be able to get a list of links and descriptions with a little console JavaScript too.

What I'd do after getting the data on what programs simply exist is to set up a form where people can submit reports that such-and-such program serves this-or-that need (and therefore needs this-or-that tag). Some manual validation or cleanup will probably be necessary but it's crucial to get as many reports on as many programs as possible: any individual report can be incomplete or even incorrect, but the more you have the more you reliably know about any given program. Then it's a matter of generating publicity: blog, post on social media, explore partnering with disability support and activist organizations or getting sponsorships.

The Wine AppDb is an example of a website that does something similar to build a community-driven database.

This sounds like something that needs to exist. Good luck!

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