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.
U.S. Department of Labor Sweat & Toil
||The U.S. Department of Labor Sweat...||Government||11.10.2015|
MapFruition Demographic Inquiry
||The MapFruition Demographic Inquiry API is available in JSON format with an API Key. The API allows users to integrate demographic features such as population summaries, income, consumer expenditures...||Mapping||09.24.2015|
MapFruition Spatial Operations
||The MapFruition Spatial Operations API is available in JSON format and accessible with an API Key. The API allows developers to integrate GIS features into web services and web applications. With the...||Mapping||09.24.2015|
Zip Code to USEAC
||The Zip Code to USEAC API provides developers direct access to the U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs) that have been assigned to all of the 40,000+ zip codes in the United States. This API has...||Government||08.06.2015|
Local Government Association
||The Local Government Association API is a tool that allows users to view and download open data about local areas (such as demographic details and performance data). The LGA API can help developers...||Government||07.17.2015|