"url_shortener" is a Ruby gem/library that wraps the Bit.ly API for Ruby applications. A implementation tutorial for the wrapper can be accessed from the GitBug repository. Though not directly supported by Bit.ly, the wrapper is endorsed for use on the Bit.ly developer site. The Bit.ly API allows developers to implement programmatic shortening, URL expansion, sharing, and tracking of links (URLs). Unique user-level and aggregate links can also be created to let users view complete, real-time traffic and referrer data, as well as location and metadata.
We saw earlier this year that the Government category was one of the most popular API categories within our directory. But what sections of government and what kinds of data are being made available via API? In this article we look at the ten most popular categories related to government APIs.
As reported by the BBC, the UK government has established a task force, aptly named the Power of Information Task Force, to lead a massive data sharing effort. The task force was established in March of this year by Cabinet Office Minister Tom Watson with the goal of fostering social and economic progress by enabling widespread access to government data.