The Google Civic Information Java Library allows developers to integrate the Google Civic Information API's functions into their Java applications. Developers can add the library to their Maven or Gradle projects using the code provided, or they can download the necessary jars as a zip file.
As the smell of solder wafted in the air from hardware and software techies working together, the first annual Maine Civic Hackday, a local hackathon that was part of the National Day of Civic Hacking got underway in Bangor, Maine. Held June 1 and 2, it marked the beginning of what promises to be a global sea change in putting government data to a wide variety of uses, using APIs. One of 95 events held simultaneously across the country, Bangor's hackathon was organized by Programmableweb's own Garret Wilkin.
The United States Postal Service has devoted significant resources to providing customers with reliable online services including APIs for address and delivery information, rate calculators, shipping labels and carrier pickup. But apparently this holiday season their web service customers were met with something they did not want to see: a series of extended outages during the second week of December left customers helplessly awaiting a return of service.
A summary of discussions from OKFestival on open data business models reveals a strong commitment to fostering an ecosystem, while many startups commence with a composite model with multiple revenue streams.