July 9, 2012
The US Census is a treasure trove of valuable information for many people. From salesmen trying to market to curious people trying to learn about new cultural trends, the Census is a great source of information. Accessing this data in a computer readable form is sometimes difficult, however. The USA Today Census API simplifies the process, at least for the 2010 census.
I am certain that anyone who lives in a country with sales tax has looked at a pay check after taxation has taken its toll and wondered how their tax dollars were spent. If you live in the United States there is a simple way to answer this question. The WhatWePayFor API is connected to an online database that provides federal budget data. Whatwepayfor.com makes this information more useable by breaking it down to how much is payed by individuals.
Brownouts got you fried? The Open Automated Demand Response API (OpenADR) aims to improve a critical aspect of handling the power load: improving Demand Response (DR) to electricity needs. Understanding demand, communicating demand and acting on it are all essential elements of effective DR. The SOAP/XML API is all about helping grid managers use common standards to leverage the OpenADR specifications.