This is the introduction to our series What is The Green Button API initiative and How It Took OAuth To An Entirely New Level. This article will help you understand what the Green Button API Initiative is and how it came about. Green Button is part of the Obama Administration's My Data initiatives.
The Socrata Data API or SODA is one of the foremost API resources for Government and for social data discovery. One of the major use cases for open data is of course increasing law enforcement effectiveness for analysis and transparency. One such mashup using the Socrates API is the Crime Data for San Fransisco.