Hackers across the country are getting ready to participate in the first annual National Day of Civic Hacking which will take place in over 80 cities on June 1st and 2nd, 2013. The two day event will bring together citizens, developers, government agencies and entrepreneurs to create applications using publicly available APIs and datasets, to help solve a civic or social problem impacting the local community.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has just launched the brand new USDA Farmers Market Directory API providing developers programmatic access to the USDA National Farmers Market Directory database. According to the USDA website, the National Farmers Market Directory has over 7,800 farmers market listings for all 50 states and provides consumers farmers market information such as market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, and accepted forms of payment.
The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), one of the oldest nonprofit investigative reporting organizations in the United States, has just announced the launch of the brand new VA Backlog API which allows anyone to access the VA backlog-related data available in the CIR database.
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.
Computerworld has named the US Census Bureau a 2013 Honors Laureate for the development of the US Census Bureau API which was released in July 2012 and is the first-ever API released to the public by the US Census Bureau.
Challengepost is hosting a contest for apps that can end partisan gridlock in the US. Whether there’s an app for that depends on… you. The contest opened March 20 and submissions must be in by June 19, 2013 at 5 PM EST. There are two top prizes of $1,000 each with a total pool of $5,000. Judging criteria include: quality of the idea, implementation of the idea and UX, and potential impact.
The White House has announced that Petitions 2.0, the platform code for the We the People website, is now in development and includes an API that will be released to the public in the coming months. The first set of API calls will be read-only and will be released in March 2013.
Are you at a career crossroads? Or are you a developer trying to help those who are and those who needs data on the world of work? According to the US Department of Labor’s o*net, their resource center is “ the nation’s primary source of occupational information.” The site can be used to download the O*NET database, career exploration tools, job analysis questionnaires, employer guides, and technical reports.”The o*net API makes their data available for use in your apps.
The HQCasanova Weekly CO2 API is incredibly simple. It’s also a frighteningly clear measurement of how our planet is doing. It measures the level of CO2 in the air in parts per million (ppm), a major player in causing global climate disruption.
Last week, National Public Radio (NPR) announced the formation of a new non-profit organization to oversee development of a Public Media Platform (PMP) which “will allow public media producers and stations to gather their digital content in one place, and cost-effectively distribute it across digital platforms.” The PMP also received $8 million in funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to support building APIs to provide access to that content.