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.
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.
FCC Consumer Help Center Complaint Data
||The FCC Consumer Help Center Complaint Data API integrates customer complains. It is available in JSON, XML, and CSV formats with a token. Documentation can be found in the link provided by Socrata....||Data||06.03.2016|
||The Open Federal Election Commission API in beta stage provides access to data that presents how candidates and committees fund government campaigns. Data includes information about candidates,...||Voting||05.09.2016|
UK Electoral Roll
||The UK Electoral Roll API is an access portal to a database of millions of individual voter profiles, contacts and other demographic data held in government-sourced voters register. The API supports...||Data||05.09.2016|
||SimpleVisa is an on-demand international travel authorization platform that can be integrated to business applications. This system works with countries that offer electronic travel authorizations....||Travel||04.06.2016|
ProPublica Campaign Finance
||The ProPublica Campaign Finance API allows developers to retrieve data from United States Federal Election Commission filings and other sources. This data includes summary information for candidates...||Politics||03.02.2016|