The GovDelivery Create Tutorial Ruby Sample Code by GovDelivery demonstrates how to access the API. Developers can use GovDelivery code as a reference because it's now part of Granicus, an organization dedicated to improving communication technology in government applications. Visit @Granicus and @govd_dev
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.
Cities are a natural starting point for thinking about app solutions and visualizations that create value for end users. But legacy approaches to data availability and existing infrastructure systems are significant barriers to enabling the next wave of innovation at the human-city scale. ProgrammableWeb spoke with organizers from the National Day of Civic Hacking about how the global event aims to disrupt the way cities and developers can work together.