Back in February, ProgrammableWeb reported that The White House had released a new We the People API to a select group of developers at the February 2013 White House Open Data Day Hackathon. The White House has now announced that the read-only version of the We the People API has been released to the public.
We the People Petition Mapper App – Screenshot of Live Demo
The read-only version of the We the People API allows developers access to the data on all publicly-available petitions (petitions that pass the 150 signature threshold requirement become publicly-available on the We The People site). There is also a bulk data download (SQL dump) available for developers who do not need real-time petition data.
The We the People API responses are returned in JSON data format and the type of petition data that can be called includes a list of petitions, individual petitions and individual petition signatures.
The White House has also created an API gallery site that showcases applications using the We the People API. Below are a few of the applications showcased in the gallery:
Developers interested in using the We the People API can find more information at the We the People Developers website.