July 9, 2012
The United States Federal Communications Commission is calling on web developers to help push the agency forward. The FCC Chairman spoke at the O'Reilly Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington D.C., as the organization announced four new RESTful APIs and a new website aimed at fostering a developer community around FCC data and services. It’s a first step that hinges on how the FCC can incorporate input from developers and create self-sustaining value.
UK newspaper The Guardian is expanding its Open Platform (our Guardian API profile). The new API covers information about politicians and elections in the UK, with many details going back to 1992. It also contains limited older data, as far back as 1945.
As we previously reported in December 2008, the Apps for America contest was created to encourage the development of open source applications that help constituents monitor and communicate with their members of Congress. Contest entries have to use at least one of the required APIs, which included the Sunlight Labs API , OpenSecrets.org API, FollowTheMoney.org API, and Capitol Words API.