A more powerful way of separating important events from insignificant ones would also be nice, though the tracker does allow users to filter events by type (dropping “Recreation,” for example, or selecting only “Fundraisers.”). In addition, more ways to display the information graphically—tracking the ebb and flow of an issue, or an attendee, over time—would be helpful.

Going forward, some or all of those issues may be addressed. Yourish already has them on her wish list. Kelso, meanwhile, said he hopes to find a way to synthesize the various databases the Post is developing. The next big challenge, he said, is “How do you link it all together?”

It’s a good question, and one that should yield fruitful results. Whatever the limits of these early efforts, this is creativity worth supporting.

Greg Marx is a CJR staff writer. Follow him on Twitter @gregamarx.