Hi there! I’m a web developer and musician from Chicago, living in Amsterdam.
Django web framework
I co-wrote two editions of a now-outdated book about web development with Django, published by Apress and available for free online.
I founded EveryBlock, a neighborhood news and discussion site, in 2007. We sold it to msnbc.com in 2009. I worked there until mid-2012.
Unfortunately msnbc.com was later bought by NBC News, which decided to shut it down in early 2013. Then Comcast, which owns NBC News, brought it back. It’s now operated by some people in Philadelphia and I’m not involved.
I’m a guitarist who plays fingerstyle and gypsy-jazz music. I’ve been posting YouTube videos since 2007.
If you like my stuff, consider becoming a patron and tossing me a buck or two each time I post a new video.
I’ve also released an album composed of some of those YouTube covers.
Oh, hey, it’s a FAQ.
During that time, I made a name for myself as somebody who did “journalism via computer programming” — which was then a new concept. I wrote a lot about this and traveled the world giving talks about how news companies should employ programmers and use their data more effectively.
I’m no longer professionally involved in journalism. I was ready to do new things.
My 2005 site chicagocrime.org (site no longer exists) was one of the original Google Maps mashups and was seen as influential.
It played a small part in influencing Google to release a mapping API. The New York Times named it one of the year’s best ideas. It inspired the creation of the Mashable blog. Most importantly, it helped a lot of Chicagoans get a sense of neighborhood crime.
Around the web
My Twitter account is mostly stuff about web development.
My LinkedIn profile has the professional history.
My GitHub profile has some stuff.
In the media
- “Hyperlocal” Web Sites Deliver News Without Newspapers (New York Times)
- Adrian’s vision for data-friendly journalists (The Guardian)
- The Man With the Golden Mashup (Chicago Tribune Magazine)
- The Mashup Man (American Journalism Review)
- The programmer as journalist (OJR)
- 40 Under 40 (Crain’s Chicago Business)
To get in touch, either use this form or email adrian [at] holovaty.com.