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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

 is a site owned by Comcast that collects and sorts local news data and hosts community conversation on a block-by-block level.

The site ran from 2008 to 2013 — owned most of that time by  — before closing and being by Comcast.

The site was by Chicago-based journalist and developer with a based on Holovaty’s 2005 . It New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, but now covers more than 15 U.S. cities. At its peak, EveryBlock had . Holovaty in August 2012.

In August 2009, two months after its Knight grant expired, EveryBlock  msnbc.com. The site was  abruptly in February 2013 by NBC, which had taken control of EveryBlock when NBC took full ownership of msnbc.com the previous year. NBC’s owner, Comcast, in January 2014 with a Chicago site. It later that year.

The site has included information ranging from to to , as well as news articles and blog entries.

EveryBlock was as terms of its Knight grant. It in June 2009, at the end of its grant period, though the code has not been publicly updated. The quick acquisition by a for-profit company and the raised some questions about the appropriateness of the use of the Knight funds.

In 2010, the Knight Foundation to fund , a open source re-implementation of EveryBlock.

After its acquisition by msnbc.com, EveryBlock added , a with the community fix-it site SeeClickFix, and a , as well as a to make it easier to integrate into other news sites.

In early 2011, the , as well as personalization tools, such as the ability to follow particular places.

The site has been  a of and what is sometimes called “.” The site has also been criticized for offering data that was at times or .


Video: A 2008 speech by Holovaty on EveryBlock and local data

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Primary author: Mark Coddington. Main text last updated: August 28, 2014.
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