The FCC just launched a new tool that allows any user to custom build a dashboard from a variety of FCC released data, tools and services, built on the FCC API. The tool, called MyFCC, lets you create a customized FCC online experience for quick access to the tools and information you feel is most important. MyFCC make it possible to easily create, save and manage a customized page, choosing from a menu of 22 “widgets” such as, latest headlines and official documents, the daily digest, FCC forms and online filings.
Once you have built your customized MyFCC page, you can share your work using popular social network platforms, or embed on any other website. The Platform allows for each widget to independently be shared, or embed the entire dashboard into another site.
MyFCC is completely driven from APIs, created through a Drupal Content API module, which makes any content published to the FCC Drupal site available via an API. MyFCC continues with the earlier vision of Steve Van Roekel, that Every Site Should be an API, which we covered back in April, 2011. Van Roekel was then the managing director of the FCC, and now is the CIO of the White House.
MyFCC is a great example of how APIs can enable telecom professionals, legal practitioners, federal officials and consumers to share, remix and mashup the massive amounts of Government data, to help make sense of it, while also sharing their findings help influence how our government and democracy operates.