Welcome to Discourse DB.
Discourse DB is a new kind of site: a database that uses the power and ease-of-use of wiki technology to collect the opinions of the world's journalists and commentators about ongoing political events and issues. Finally, there is a true "opinion roundup" - a single destination where anyone can go to see the nature of the debate on any political issue, whether current or historic. And editing the data, or adding new data, is free, easy and open to the public.
You can find out information like:
- How many and which commentators are talking about a specific topic, like the Darfur conflict
- The nature of the commentary on either side of a debate, like whether the United States should attack Iran
- A listing of all commentary written by a specific person, like Paul Krugman or Rich Lowry
- A listing of all the commentary written in a specific publication, like The Washington Post
Finally there is a true "opinion roundup" - a single destination where anyone can go to see the nature of the debate on any political issue, whether current or historic. And editing the data, or adding new data, is free, easy and open to the public.
The site is also a queriable database, with an export of its data (in RDF format) available for querying by outside systems. For an illustration of this capability, see the Discourse DB analysis page.
Discourse DB was created and is run by Nick Grandy and Yaron Koren. It was first released to the public in September 2006. You can reach the creators individually at their user pages, or collectively at [email protected]
If you would like to become a Discourse DB administrator, with the ability to manage users and delete items, please send an email to [email protected]
Currently Discourse DB is available only in the English language. If you would like to help start a branch of the site in another language, we would like to hear from you (no programming knowledge is required); please send an email to [email protected]