The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing an API project to make it easier for developers to access and use the data collected by the department and to increase public participation in government and increase government transparency. The goals of the project are to make it easier for developers to access published data, make it easier for the public to use DOL data, and provide easy and secure access to personal data while protecting private and personal data. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML and JSON.
Even though the future of Data.gov remains uncertain in these troubled economic times, many individual government agencies are still moving forward with President Obama’s mandate to make the U.S. federal government more transparent by making government data accessible online. The U.S. Department of Labor API makes it easier for software developers to incorporate Labor Department data into online and mobile applications.