The winners of Washington D.C.'s Apps for Democracy mashup contest were announced by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and CTO Vivek Kundra. The contest invited software developers to utilize Washington's large public data catalog to develop applications that will make the data more readily accessible and useful for citizens.
What API is absolutely the king of popularity? It is the Maps API Web Services, a collection of HTTP interfaces to Google services providing geographic data for maps applications. While my fellow writer, Janet blogged on the launch of its next generation at MorethanaMap.com , this article is more of a nuts and bolts look at the champion of all location APIs, hoping you catch a drift of how easy it is to add geo-coded location functionality in your app,website,product!
Anyone who lives in even a smaller city knows the importance of neighborhoods. Portland (where I live), for example, is really more like a collection of many connected small towns. Each has its own handful of coffee shops and restaurants. The people behind GeoReach API (our GeoReach API profile) understand this. The API provides neighborhood boundaries, along with local content.