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Civic minded hackers from all over the world recently organized themeselves for action as a part of the International Open Government Hackathon. The team from Portland, Oregon decided to make use of a platform called ScraperWiki that can grab data from government websites and turn into more consumable formats via the ScraperWiki API. Their work is an excellent example of developer ingenuity at unlocking data that is hard to use but still very useful.
A little less than a year after launching a private beta of the UK government's notification platform, GDS has upgraded to v2 of the associated API. GOV.UK Notify is a service that allows the government to text, email, and send letters to citizens and track the progress of such notifications.