With the experimental app Fusion Tables, developers can create a map, create a business card layout, create summaries of data, share, and publish. Additional tutorials include more advanced techniques such as visualize data in Google Earth and use overlays in Google MapMaker.
Captricity, dedicated to transforming data trapped on paper into digital form, announced the public release of its API. Originally, customers accessed Captricity's technology via a web portal. In August, Captricity launched a beta API. Over the past few months, Captricity enhanced its API under the Code for America Accelerator program (one of seven startups to qualify for the honor). Captricity announced the API's public availability at Code for America's Demo Day.
Getting structured data out of web pages — often referred to as "web scraping" — is a real need, particularly for people whose job it is to prepare and analyze the information that's available in web pages. Meeting this need is right up the alley of a data extraction tool, such as Import.io.
If there is one thing governments do exceedingly well, it's collect data. What they don’t do as well is make that data available in a way that is particularly useful. Looking to change that dynamic, Splunk has begun working with the White House on a Regulations.gov initiative to make it easier to mine the trove of government data.