US Census Bureau Named a 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate for Open Data API

Janet Wagner, Data Journalist / Full Stack Developer
Apr. 04 2013, 09:00AM EDT

Computerworld has named the US Census Bureau a 2013 Honors Laureate for the development of the US Census Bureau API which was released in July 2012 and is the first-ever API released to the public by the US Census Bureau.

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The US Census Bureau API provides programmatic access to data sets that contain a variety of information from the 2010 Census, American Community Survey 5 Year Data, American Community Survey 1 Year Data for Congressional Districts, 2000 Census, and 1990 Census.

Using data provided by the US Census Bureau API and other Government APIs, developers can create innovative and useful apps like the America's Economy for iPhone.

The US Census Bureau API was created to meet the goals of President Obama's Digital Government Strategy, making government information more transparent and customer-centered.

Avi Bender, Chief Technology Officer of the US Census Bureau, is quoted in the press release tip sheet:

"The open data API is an integral part of the Census Bureau's response to the comprehensive federal Digital Government Strategy, of providing data and services that are available anywhere, anytime, on any device."

The complete list of the 2013 Honors Laureates will be featured in the June 3rd edition of Computerworld.

Janet Wagner is a data journalist and full stack developer based in Toledo, Ohio. Her focus revolves around APIs, data visualization, machine learning, and data-driven journalism. Follow her on Twitter: @webcodepro, Google+, or send her an email.

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