The opportunities for European startups to access government open data via APIs to create innovative business models are yet to materialize. That’s the read-between-the-lines message from a panel session hosted today at Internetdagarna, a two-day Swedish cloud industry event that will tomorrow see a full day’s program hosted by NordicAPIs.
It may not have been the zombie apocalypse, but the recent government shutdown stopped the flow of open data via APIs and raised questions about how API developers and API providers can best handle a crisis in future. Now, 21 days later, we examine the impact and fallout of the shutdown, and look at how a similar situation could be avoided in both the US and anywhere that developers are making use of government open data in their API workflows.
Developers who want to participate in a beta release of a write-enabled version of the We The People API are encouraged to sign up right now on the White House blog.
AgileAssets, leading provider of integrated infrastructure asset management software solutions, has launched Version 7 of its software platform, which includes an API that makes key web services available to developers and other third parties. Version 7 adds over 73 new enhancements to the platform alongside the API. The API addition hopes to trigger developers to create custom applications to meet client requirements.
Governments around the world are still lagging at opening data and even less are offering data via APIs, accessible in machine-readable format, according to a new annual index released by Open Knowledge Foundation today.
A morning panel today at API Strategy and Practice focused on APIs for Government and Public Data. Chaired by API Evangelist Kin Lane, who presented a workshop on government open data tools on Wednesday, speakers came from government, university and private settings to talk about creating open data APIs with government agencies.
Traditional media is going through a major upheaval at present, with paywalls proving an ineffective business model, Amazon chief Bezos buying the Washington Post, viral masters BuzzFeed promising to invest their revenue in investigate reporting, and Netflix overtaking traditional paid cable like HBO in revenue generation. At API Strategy and Practice, Kristin Calhoun from the Public Media Platform talks about how public media partners are using APIs to prepare for the changing landscape.
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.
Statistical Me gives an online representation of how unique users are based on Australian government census data. The data, pulled from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), is also accessible through the Statistical Me API. The data upon which the statistics are pulled include gender, age, marital status, number of children, income, vehicles, rent/mortgage, and more. Users roll virtual dice until they uncover a profile that fits the user. Based on the results, users receive a graphical and numerical representation of their uniqueness as compared to fellow Aussies.
As websites launch and web services scale, having a keen understanding of the traffic load impacts becomes a key issue for many businesses. It is a performance function that has been given front page news exposure this week, with US media reporting on the failure of Federal and State health agency sites to meet online traffic demand for information on new health insurance arrangements. Swedish startup Load Impact – which has just established a US office in San Francisco – provides services to help avoid performance failure caused by traffic surges to websites, or error returns due to high levels of polling to API services.