July 9, 2012
Want to build apps that use government data, filter spam, or use Twitter for sports? You can find those and a couple more things in the 7 new APIs added to our API directory this past week. This set includes an API for the NY Senate and one for tracking expenses of UK parliament members, an API for managing documents in the cloud, an API for filtering email spam, and an API that lets you track your running by using Twitter. Below are more details on each of these (and for those keeping score, there are now 1,421 APIs on ProgrammableWeb):
Federal Computer Week (FCW.com) recently published an interesting piece written by John Moore about the use of APIs and development of mashups for use by government managers. Titled "Getting on the same page", the 1200+ word article cites the problem-solving value of mashups in the government sector.
A new API tool that transforms open datasets so they can be accessed by a REST API is capturing the attention of local governments interested in implementing smart cities policies. The DataTank is a data publishing platform that can also be used as a plug-in with the CKAN open data platform. It is created and managed by the Belgium chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation, which operates as a social enterprise startup. ProgrammableWeb spoke with The DataTank's Technical Lead Jan Vansteenlandt about the new open data/API tool and how it can be used to drive the smart cities agenda.