New tools and accessibility options have been added to the Opendatacommunities API to extend ease-of-access to the UK Government’s five-star dataset managed by the Department for Communities and Local Governments. Datasets include neighborhood-level analysis of housing and homelessness, quality of life indicators, and wellbeing measures.
A showcase of visualizations and interactive dashboards has been created to demonstrate how developers, data analysts and local communities can use the open datasets to better understand the interplay of economic and lifestyle factors on specific neighborhoods across the UK.
The UK’s Open Data Institute is encouraging all API developers to include a machine-readable metadata description whenever publishing an API that enables access to a dataset. The proposed publisher guide defines best practice in how to include a machine readable rights statement in API documentation, and follows recent international efforts to define API standards and best practices.
The United States’ White House has developed a set of API standards they are hoping will be used across all government agencies. The standards were developed following a number of API releases, including the White House’s We The People API that allows citizen petition collection and lodgement. The new API standards document naming conventions, minimum requirements, and best practices for RESTful interfaces, while also acknowledging the importance of offering a “positive developer experience” through their API releases.
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.
As the smell of solder wafted in the air from hardware and software techies working together, the first annual Maine Civic Hackday, a local hackathon that was part of the National Day of Civic Hacking got underway in Bangor, Maine. Held June 1 and 2, it marked the beginning of what promises to be a global sea change in putting government data to a wide variety of uses, using APIs. One of 95 events held simultaneously across the country, Bangor’s hackathon was organized by Programmableweb’s own Garret Wilkin.
The Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released an API for access to National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) data: NCVS API. NCVS data includes the frequency, characteristics and consequences of criminal victimization in the United States compiled on an annual basis. The API constitutes one of many steps the federal government plans to make in an attempt to open access to data.
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.