This VBA source code for the New Times Newspaper NY Legislature API provides sample code for collecting data about legislative members and bills. The source code for retrievable data includes the following: members by chamber, district, committee, membership, recent bills, and ancillary functions.
Open data startup Enigma has released its platform to the public and now provides the open Enigma API so that developers can begin drawing on open data sources and feeding them into their applications. Co-founder Marc DaCosta spoke with ProgrammableWeb about the importance of encouraging developer involvement, and why Enigma can succeed when other open data platforms have had difficulties building a sustainable model.
AddThis, a leading social infrastructure and analytics platform, has just announced the release of Social Brand Advocates, a new managed marketing service created to help companies connect and engage with consumers that are loyal and enthusiastic about their brands. In addition to marketing services, AddThis offers social plugins, analytics and consumer engagement tools as well as a variety of APIs and SDKs that allow developers to integrate the AddThis platform into websites and applications.
In big news on the government data and transparency front, the premier provider of federal campaign finance information, Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), have announced they are opening for bulk download 20 years worth of data used to power their web site OpenSecrets.org. More than 200 million records are being made available of itemized contributions, campaign spending, lobbying, personal finance, and sponsored travel. CRP began tracking campaign contributions in the late 1980s. Their stats and staff are trusted and quoted by the Media as the gold standard reference.