My name is David Johnston, I’m a 31yo New Zealand born citizen.
I have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and four years commercial experience as a data transformation and web developer. I spent two years at Acme transforming documents to and from a spine, and the last two as more general frontend and full stack web developer.
With the recent election of Donald Trump and Russian manipulation of social media, I’m feeling I’d rather be working in this space than my current job.
What I want to do is a create an API for scraping news websites and social media, gathering sentiment, and presenting it wordcloud format or similar.
I don’t have a particularly theoretical approach in mind – I’m not educated in linguistics; my interest in the software engineering solution.
Have a look at this web application I made: www.blacksheepcode.com – this is something I threw up pretty quickly and haven’t refined – but it shows the possibilities of web browsers as good application interface.
I want to create an open source API, free for the world to use, but something you might find useful.
Essentially, a good way to do this would be for me to go to university, and make this project the subject of my postgrad thesis.
What I’m ask of you, is if you offer sponsorship or scholarships to allow me to go this. I’d be looking for $60,000 living costs/year + study costs.
I hope this finds you well, and I’ve attached my CV if you’re more interested in my technical experience.