TrueLayer has launched an API that allows developers to connect apps with customer account data from banks and credit cards across the UK. TrueLayer developed the API with the intent to create a platform where data is synced across apps and any integrated app can send payments or make purchases.
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While a progress report by the API WordPress API team offers many details about its strategy, it's also a template for all of us who will be talking about our APIs going forward.
TESOBE, Berlin-based software development firm, has launched the Open Bank Project with the hopes of bringing more transparency to the world's banking community. To accomplish its goal, the Open Bank Project provides an API that banks utilize to provide transaction data to interested parties. Given the hypersensitivity of financial information, the Open Bank Project must persevere through many obstacles. However, should the idea catch hold, it could be the first example of open banking as a service.
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.
In big news on the government data and transparency front, the premier provider of federal campaign finance information, Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), have announced they are opening for bulk download 20 years worth of data used to power their web site OpenSecrets.org. More than 200 million records are being made available of itemized contributions, campaign spending, lobbying, personal finance, and sponsored travel. CRP began tracking campaign contributions in the late 1980s. Their stats and staff are trusted and quoted by the Media as the gold standard reference.
Building on Barack Obama's push for a transformational process for the Federal Government, momentum is building in terms of how citizens view the government's role as a data steward and data provider. The numerous Federal agencies concentrated in Washington, D.C. and around the country maintain a massive amount of data that, as of today, is largely inaccessible either through lack of entry points or through lack of gateways for distribution. Consequently, how to provide the public with access to "the people's data" has emerged as an important topic amongst technologists and freedom of information advocates, especially now that the U.S. has a president who included transparency as a core element of his campaign platform.