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How NPR is Embracing Open Source and Open APIs

Jul 20, 2009, 20:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Turner)

"Those member stations are really exactly that; they are members of NPR. They essentially buy NPR programming. They're distinct organizations from us. NPR is a content producer and distributor. They buy our programming and broadcast it out to the world. They also have their own corresponding web teams that can take NPR content and also produce their own content and create their own websites. So in the Digital Media Team, we take a lot of pride and effort in providing services that help those member stations better serve their communities and their listeners and audiences, using NPR content and using their own content. We work with them to try and satisfy their missions. And to the extent that they need NPR services or content, we work hard to try and provide those. The API is one massive step, I think, in making it much easier for them to do what they need to do without a whole lot of intervention from us, where previously they would have to pull in content in much more arduous ways. So the API, I think, is a step in the right direction to make it more of a self-service model."

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