Big data analytics company Riskpulse has exclusively informed ProgrammableWeb about the launch of the Sense API, aimed at helping start-ups, innovators, data analysts, and new tech product makers to monetize the data they might be collecting. Matthew Wensing, CEO and cofounder, tells us how third-party developers can partner with Riskpulse, using the Sense API to commercialize risk assessment-related data.
Developers and government workers will meet side-by-side this week to start building the next generation of government mobile apps. The ModevGov event on Government Mobility Development will be held this week on Wednesday, February 26, in Rosslyn, Virginia.
On April 5, 2012, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, became the law of the land in the United States. The JOBS Act, which contains significant reforms to long-standing rules around the sale of securities, is expected by many to completely reshape the way startups raise capital.
Open data content and discovery platform Enigma today has announced investor funding of $4.5 million to propel the start-up’s next phase of growth. Key to Enigma’s early success has been a heavy focus on data cleaning and a customer on-boarding strategy that has targeted just a handful of industry sectors. The next phase will see the development of “more scoped APIs” and a broader targeting of enterprise customers, according to Marc DaCosta, cofounder of Enigma, who spoke with ProgrammableWeb in the lead-up to today’s announcement.
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.
Claiming.com.au is set to launch an Australian Medicare API that should drastically improve eClaiming processes for developers working with the state funded and run healthcare system. Although Medicare has served as the primary healthcare system in Australia for almost 30 years, the system has run into major bottlenecks as its technological infrastructure has not always kept up with demand. The API allows software vendors to integrate online claiming with Medicare and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
Last year, the Executive branch of the US government made huge strides in opening up government controlled data to the developer community. Projects such as the Open Data Policy and the Machine Readable Executive Order have led the US government to develop an API strategy. Today, ProgrammableWeb takes a look at another open government API: the Annual Production Figures of United States Currency API.
A book about open data, to be released in January—and the launch of a pilot website showcasing open data businesses—both forecast a big year for open data in 2014, and highlight the importance of APIs in powering this new wave of innovation. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Joel Gurin, author of Open Data Now, and reviewed some of the businesses that make up the preliminary Open Data 500 list.
An upcoming PDF Liberation Hackathon is aimed at raising developers’ skills in unlocking data from PDF sources. The hackathon will be held onsite in Washington D.C. and in San Francisco on Jan. 17 – 19, 2014, while international developers can also compete remotely. ProgrammableWeb spoke with organizer Marc Joffe about how API-focused developers can participate.
Open data—from both government and private sources—has great potential for creating new products, reducing the costs of doing business, and improving people’s lives. But for open data to truly benefit both business and local communities, there are still some questions that will need to be answered.