White House Announces Release of We The People API and Open Data Day Hackathon

Janet Wagner, Contributing Writer
Feb. 08 2013, 09:00AM EST

The White House has announced that Petitions 2.0, the platform code for the We the People website, is now in development and includes an API that will be released to the public in the coming months. The first set of API calls will be read-only and will be released in March 2013.

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The We the People Read API will make it possible for developers to create apps that can retrieve data on petitions, signatures, and responses.

A Write API will be made available sometime after the release of the Read API, and will allow developers to integrate petitions (collect and submit signatures) into websites and third-party applications. The Petitions 2.0 platform is being designed so that the signature process is more streamlined and developers can easily reuse the code and contribute to We the People.

The We the People Read API will be available to a select group of developers at the 2013 White House Open Data Day Hackathon that will take place on February 22.

Learn more about the 2013 Open Data Day Hackathon at OpenDataDay.org.

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.