Thursday, July 18, 2013

DFW Restaurant Week 2013 Listing in Open Data Format

Residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area can, as of this past Monday, begin making reservations at any of a number of area restaurants participating in DFW Restaurant Week 2013.  The choices are astounding; there are 131 restaurants to choose from between Weatherford and Rockwall, and from Denton down to Balch Springs.

However, given the way the data is presented on most of these websites, how are you supposed to make heads or tails of it?  The restaurants are often listed in tabular form, complete with obscure pictures & color codes to tell you what days these restaurants will be offering what kinds of services and specials.  Not only that, but not everyone knows exactly where every single avenue and alley these restaurants are on, so it might be easy for you to miss out on restaurants near you.

To rectify this, I am opening up access to a JSON dataset of all the restaurants participating in DFW Restaurant Week 2013.  You can download the dataset at http://www.headonout.com/dfw-restaurant-week-2013/restaurants.js or simply embed that link into your website to make sure you always have the latest version.  I know there are a lot of creative types around here -- I just met some of you at the Digital DUMBO - Digital Dallas launch party yesterday!  As much as I'm going to be creating my own visualizations for this data at http://www.headonout.com/dfw-restaurant-week-2013/, I want to see what you can come up with using this data as well.  The more ideas & implementations we have out there, the more accessible, helpful, and visually stimulating we can make this data in the future.

Enjoy!

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