Resource: Open Source Tools for Viewing Large Collections in JS in the Browser

By The Editors | April 22, 2014

Developers from the New York Times have released some open source software meant for displaying and managing large digital content collections, and doing so client-side, in the browser with JS.

Developed for journalism, this has some obvious potential relevance to the business of libraries too, right? Large collections (increasingly digital), that’s what we’re all about, ain’t it?

Today we’re open-sourcing two internal projects from The Times:

PourOver.js, a library for fast filtering, sorting, updating and viewing large (100k+ item) categorical datasets in the browser, and Tamper, a companion protocol for compressing categorical data on the server and decompressing in your browser. We’ve achieved a 3–5x compression advantage over gzipped JSON in several real-world applications.

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