Missions Alaska Basic Business Licenses

Alaska Basic Business Licenses


Your mission is to write a bot (some code) to transform a website into open data

This is the site in question: http://commerce.alaska.gov/occ/apps/ODstart.cfm (there is a file that can be downloaded

This is one for people with technical skills - specifically coding in Ruby or Python (other languages are in the pipeline)

Because it is a licence, we would encourage you to include a transformer to convert this to the OpenCorporates licence schema in and so have it imported into OpenCorporates automatically

Here's how we suggest you go about it:

  1. Start by clicking 'Accept this mission' on this page. Don't worry, you can always give up if you can't finish it.
  2. Head over to http://turbot.opencorporates.com to find some instructions on getting started.
  3. Your mission is to write some code to retrieve the site from http://www.mfsa.com.mt/pages/licenceholders.aspx and turn any information relating to companies into a JSON object, which you'll then print to STDOUT (puts in Ruby, print in Python)
  4. If data isn't in English that's fine - any raw data relating to companies is what we're after here.
  5. When you think you've written a suitable bot, follow the instructions at http://turbot.opencorporates.com to submit the data for review
  6. Once we've checked over the data, we'll either tell you if anything needs to be fixed or we'll accept the bot which means your mission will be complete!
Still not sure? Don't worry!

Whilst this does require you to be able to code, its probably not as hard as you think. Take a look at one of our example bots to get a feel for what's required.

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