ProPublica has extended the sunset date of the Sunlight Congress API so users will have more time to move their applications to the ProPublica Congress API. ProPublica took over the Sunlight Congress API this past November after Sunlight Foundation announced plans to shut down Sunlight Labs.
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With Congress in August recess and President Trump on vacation, the debate over Obamacare and whether to leave it, fix it, or repeal it has reached a full stop. The uncertainty about where things will head once the debate resumes is impacting an important corner of the API economy; Healthcare APIs.
A little less than a year after launching a private beta of the UK government's notification platform, GDS has upgraded to v2 of the associated API. GOV.UK Notify is a service that allows the government to text, email, and send letters to citizens and track the progress of such notifications.
In 2005, GovTrack paved the way to open legislative data in a structured format. Through years of persistence, GovTrack prompted partner organizations and the government itself to open government data in formats and at a scale never seen before. Now, GovTrack passes its mission to other hands.
NASA has released a new API (the EPIC API) which provides programmatic access to images pulled from the EPIC camera. EPIC sits upon the DSCOVR satellite and constantly provides images from the Earth's sunlit side. Developers can retrieve images from the camera along with associated metadata.
Earlier this year, Google requested map data from the Korean government. In response, Korean tech companies Naver and Kakao have increased free limits to their respective maps APIs beyond what Google offers. The government is expected to respond next month but the competition has already started.
APIs are the backbone of many government led open data initiatives. France is now joining the ranks of governments providing better and easier services to the public via the use of APIs. API.gouv.gr is an API portal with 15 APIs that allows for the embedding of government services.
As the API economy continues to grow and the hubris around the opening of banking becomes deafening, this debate provides the backdrop to a dialogue increasingly characterised by the avid interest of government and industry bodies. This need appears to derive from a number of goals.
While the Dutch are known as open minded, modern and straight forward, their government has been anything but. The arrival of the Environmental Act, the largest government IT challenge in Dutch history, has been an impetus for change and has unleashed a new digital revolution.
Global API conference series APIdays will kick off its 2016 international program in Melbourne when APIdays Australia is held on March 1 & 2. The conference has a particularly strong range of international and local speakers talking about the uptake of APIs in government, health and fintech.