Time across seven seas…

It has been rightly said:

Time is of your own making
Its clock ticks in your head.
The moment you stop thought
Time too stops dead.


Hence to keep up with evolving times, Loklak has now introduced a new service for “time”.

The recently developed API provides the current time and day at the location queried by the user.

The /api/locationwisetime.json API scrapes the results from timeanddate.com using our favourite JSoup as it provides a very convenient API for extracting and manipulating data, scrape and parse HTML from a given URL.

In case of multiple locations with the same name, countries are then also provided along-with corresponding day and time wrapped up as a JSONObject.

A sample query could then be something like: http://loklak.org/api/locationwisetime.json?query=london

Screenshot from 2016-08-17 14:28:28


When implemented as a console service, this API can be used along-with our our dear SUSI by utilising the API Endpoints like: http://loklak.org/api/console.json?q=SELECT * FROM locationwisetime WHERE query=’berlin’;

Screenshot from 2016-08-17 14:50:58

LocationWiseTimeService.java for reference:

 *  Location Wise Time
 *  timeanddate.com scraper
 *  Copyright 27.07.2016 by Jigyasa Grover, @jig08
 *  This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
 *  modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public
 *  License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either
 *  version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
 *  This library is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
 *  but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
 *  Lesser General Public License for more details.
 *  You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License
 *  along with this program in the file lgpl21.txt
 *  If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.

package org.loklak.api.search;

import java.io.IOException;

import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse;

import org.json.JSONArray;
import org.json.JSONObject;
import org.jsoup.Jsoup;
import org.jsoup.nodes.Document;
import org.jsoup.nodes.Element;
import org.jsoup.select.Elements;
import org.loklak.server.APIException;
import org.loklak.server.APIHandler;
import org.loklak.server.AbstractAPIHandler;
import org.loklak.server.Authorization;
import org.loklak.server.BaseUserRole;
import org.loklak.server.Query;
import org.loklak.susi.SusiThought;
import org.loklak.tools.storage.JSONObjectWithDefault;

public class LocationWiseTimeService extends AbstractAPIHandler implements APIHandler {

	private static final long serialVersionUID = -1495493690406247295L;

	public String getAPIPath() {
		return "/api/locationwisetime.json";

	public BaseUserRole getMinimalBaseUserRole() {
		return BaseUserRole.ANONYMOUS;


	public JSONObject getDefaultPermissions(BaseUserRole baseUserRole) {
		return null;

	public JSONObject serviceImpl(Query call, HttpServletResponse response, Authorization rights,
			JSONObjectWithDefault permissions) throws APIException {
		String query = call.get("query", "");
		return locationWiseTime(query);

	public static SusiThought locationWiseTime(String query) {
		Document html = null;

		JSONArray arr = new JSONArray();

		try {
			html = Jsoup.connect("http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/results.html?query=" + query).get();
		} catch (IOException e) {

		Elements locations = html.select("td");
		int i = 0;
		for (Element e : locations) {
			if (i % 2 == 0) {
				JSONObject obj = new JSONObject();
				String l = e.getElementsByTag("a").text();
				obj.put("location", l);
				String t = e.nextElementSibling().text();
				obj.put("time", t);
		SusiThought json = new SusiThought();
		return json;



Hope this helps, and worth the “time” 😛

Feel free to ask questions regarding the above code snippet, shall be happy to assist.

Feedback and Suggestions welcome 🙂

Time across seven seas…

Welcoming Wiki GeoData to Loklak !

Loklak has grown vast with due course of time and it’s capabilities have extended manifold especially by the inclusion of sundry website scraper services and data provider services.


The recent addition includes a special service which would provide the user with a list of Wikipedia articles tagged with the location when supplied with a specific name of the place.

Thanks to the Media Wiki GeoData API, this service was smoothly integrated in the Loklak Server and SUSI (our very own cute and quirky personal digital assistant)

When the name of the place is sent in the query , firstly the home-grown API loklak.org/api/geocode.json was utilized to get the location co-ordinates i.e. Latitude and Longitude.

URL getCoordURL = null;

String path = "data={\"places\":[\"" + place + "\"]}";

try {
    getCoordURL = new URL("http://loklak.org/api/geocode.json?" + path);
} catch (MalformedURLException e) {

JSONTokener tokener = null;
try {
    tokener = new JSONTokener(getCoordURL.openStream());
} catch (Exception e1) {

JSONObject obj = new JSONObject(tokener);

String longitude = obj.getJSONObject("locations").getJSONObject(place).getJSONArray("location").get(0)
String lattitude = obj.getJSONObject("locations").getJSONObject(place).getJSONArray("location").get(1)

The resultant geographical co-ordinates were then passed on to the Media Wiki GeoData API with other parameters like the radius of the geographical bound to be considered and format of the resultant data along-with the co-ordinates to obtain a list of Page IDs of the corresponding Wikipedia Articles besides Title and Distance.

URL getWikiURL = null;

try {
    getWikiURL = new URL(
                      "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/api.php?action=query&list=geosearch&gsradius=10000&gscoord=" + latitude
			+ "|" + longitude + "&format=json");
} catch (MalformedURLException e) {

JSONTokener wikiTokener = null;

try {
    wikiTokener = new JSONTokener(getWikiURL.openStream());
} catch (Exception e1) {

JSONObject wikiGeoResult = new JSONObject(wikiTokener);

When implemented as a Console Service for Loklak, the servlet was registered as /api/wikigeodata.json?place={place-name} and the API endpoint for example goes like http://localhost:9000/api/console.json?q=SELECT * FROM wikigeodata WHERE place=’Singapore’;

Presto !!

We have a JSON Object as the result with a list of Wikipedia Articles as:


The Page-IDs thus obtained can now be utilized very easily to diaply the articles by using the placeholder https://en.wikipedia.org/?curid={pageid} for the purpose.

And this way, another facility was included in our diversifying Loklak server.

Questions, feedback, suggestions appreciated 🙂

Welcoming Wiki GeoData to Loklak !

Spin-Off: Loklak fuels Open Event

Continuing with the Loklak & Open Event Partnership (check out Loklak fuels Open Event ), we can now easily in clicks create our very own web-app for the event with details imported from eventbrite.com powered by Loklak.

The scraping of data done using JSoup, Java HTML parsing was explained in the previous post of this series.

Next, a console service was implemented as the single point for information retrieval from various social networks and websites (a post coming for it soon 😉 ) especially for SUSI (our very own personal digital assistant, a cute one indeed !)

The JSONArray result of the EventBriteCrawler was set in SusiThought, which is nothing but a piece of data that can be remembered. The structure or the thought can be modelled as a table which may be created using the retrieval of information from elsewhere of the current argument.

/** Defining SusiThought as a class 
 * which extends JSONObject

public class SusiThought extends JSONObject {

/* details coming soon.... */


/** Modifications in EventBriteCrawler
 *  Returning SusiThought instead of 
 * a simple JSONObject/JSONArray.
public static SusiThought crawlEventBrite(String url) {
    SusiThought json = new SusiThought();
    return json;


The API EndPoint was thus created.
A sample is as: http://loklak.org/api/console.json?q=SELECT * FROM eventbrite WHERE url=’https://www.eventbrite.fr/e/billets-europeade-2016-concert-de-musique-vocale-25592599153′;

Screenshot from 2016-07-15 13:22:00


The files generated were next imported in the Open Event Web App generator, using simple steps.


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It’s amazing to see how a great visual platform is provided to edit details parsed from the plain JSONObject and deploy the personalized web-app !

Screenshot from 2016-07-15 13:59:47

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Tadaa !
We have our very own event web-app with all the information imported from eventbrite.com in a single (well, very few 😛 ) click (s) !

With this, we conclude the Loklak – Open Event – EventBrite series.

Stay tuned for detailed post on SUSI and Console Services 🙂

Spin-Off: Loklak fuels Open Event