Open Data Now: Hottest Contenders for 2014

Mark Boyd, January 1st, 2014

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.

Global Hackathon Seeks PDF Extraction Solutions

Mark Boyd, December 17th, 2013

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.

CourtListener API is Sharing the Potential of Open Data

Mark Boyd, December 12th, 2013

CourtListenerOpen 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.

Gov Open Data in the EU: Still Lacking Commercial Opportunity?

Mark Boyd, November 25th, 2013

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.

The Federal API Shutdown: 21 Days Later

Mark Boyd, November 7th, 2013

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.

Write Now: White House Opens Beta Access to We The People API

Mark Boyd, November 4th, 2013

We the PeopleDevelopers 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 Launches Version 7 and Corresponding API

Eric Carter, October 29th, 2013

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.

Open Data Scorecard: New Research Shows Governments Not Open Enough

Mark Boyd, October 28th, 2013

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.

API Strategy and Practice: Government and Public Open Data Panel Summary

Mark Boyd, October 25th, 2013

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.

Lessons from the Public Media Platform: Kristin Calhoun Keynote at API Strategy and Practice

Mark Boyd, October 25th, 2013

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.

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