A new API tool that transforms open datasets so they can be accessed by a REST API is capturing the attention of local governments interested in implementing smart cities policies. The DataTank is a data publishing platform that can also be used as a plug-in with the CKAN open data platform. It is created and managed by the Belgium chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation, which operates as a social enterprise startup. ProgrammableWeb spoke with The DataTank’s Technical Lead Jan Vansteenlandt about the new open data/API tool and how it can be used to drive the smart cities agenda.
A workshop on open government data pathways by API Evangelist and current White House Innovation Fellow, Kin Lane, shows there is still plenty of potential for developers, startups and interested citizens to influence the government open data agenda and make use of government data assets. Lane ran the workshop as part of the pre-opening day’s workshop series at API Strategy and Practice, being held in San Francisco for the rest of the week.
Exversion is hoping the need to access wide-ranging open datasets has matured enough to create a viable business as an open data marketplace. Their new Exversion API provides developers with a RESTful interface to search and access the open datasets stored on the Exversion data platform. At present, the API returns queries in JSON or XML format, with full XML support to be provided in the near future.
Open data infrastructure is being built out across the globe to better allow governments at all levels to improve access to data sources. Across the globe, governments are adopting their own API management platforms, announcing roadmaps for data accessibility, improving internal API capacities and unlocking government-held data so that it can be used by local citizens and businesses seeking to build new commercial products and technologies.
Our API directory now includes 531 reference APIs. The newest is the CanLII API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the GeoNames API. We list 88 GeoNames mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of reference APIs.
In recent months, the number of government open data APIs has been increasing rapidly due to a variety of factors including the development of open data technology platforms, the launch of Project Open Data and a recent White House executive order regarding government data. This post is a general overview of several recent factors that have led to the rise of government open data APIs.
Of the many APIs we published this week, twelve were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those twelve, which included Google’s many newly released APIs. Included in Googles recent releases are the Content Experiments, Cloud SQL API, CalDAV, and the CardDAV APIs. To give a background on each, the CalDAV API allows developers to manage their calendar, the CardDAV to manage contacts, the Content Experiments allowing for Google Analytics to be used for A/B testing, and finally the Cloud SQL API to perform certain tasks for MySQL database. To learn more about these APIs, visit the Google page as well as the Google API blog post.
An independent, open source platform aimed at making it easier for governments and businesses to publish open data has released a new version of their API. The CKAN API allows access to catalog listings of open datasets, full-text searches, and sharing of statistics on open data usage.
The Saia API helps this first class less-than-a-truckload (LTL) carrier deliver by giving developers access to tracking information inside their applications. Rate quotes and pick up scheduling are also accessible. The API uses SOAP and XML, and is implemented using Microsoft’s .NET Framework.
Our API directory now includes 316 government APIs. The newest is the Google Civic Information API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Sunlight Labs Congress API. We list 19 Sunlight Labs Congress mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of government APIs.