July 9, 2012
The Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to government openness, is asking for help in keeping its Sunlight Labs API up and running. To get a generous match from a major donor they need to attract 1,500 new supporters by years end. The Sunlight Labs API is one of the gold standards of open government data. To meet their goal they need just 200 new supporters to go to the fundraising site and donate any amount.
Chicago commuters just got a new resource that may lead to more helpful mashups: the Chicago Transit Authority Bus Tracker API. As recently announced, the API provides capability for developers to get bus routes and schedules, bus stop and arrival predictions, and more. Note that the API is not affiliated with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA); rather, it was developed and is maintained by Harper Reed, who says the CTA has been "amazingly cool with all of this." In announcing the API, Harper wrote:
We've added 10 APIs to the ProgrammableWeb directory in Government, Environment, Gambling, and other categories. Also added were several libraries for use with the LinkedIn API.