Comments on: Big data improvements at the MSRB Bridges, budgets, bonds Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:29:08 +0000 hourly 1 By: thusson Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:39:37 +0000 Cate,

I’ll add my two cents as we have a good bit of experience using EMMA at my firm.

These changes are progress, I’m not sure this is such a leap forward. I like the new search features for sure, but adding graphs and some jQuery sugar does not help investors nearly as much as XML data feeds or a full-blown API would. To my knowledge, the only way to pull this data automatically requires parsing their their HTML files. That really shouldn’t be necessary.

Their new tool is better than nothing, but ultimately, you want to make it easy for people to make their *own* graphs and do their *own* analysis. And that’s only possible if the data is easy to grab.