The BART Python SDK by twitchfiber allows developers to access the BART API via Python in order to display the next ten trains leaving a station. It displays trains leaving Montgomery Station by default, but can easily be adjusted to cover another station using its BART-specific acronym.
On May 17-18, a new series of Government Challenge events being hosted by Google and event organizer MoDevGov starts in Denver, Colorado. With governments undergoing a sea change in their approach to open data and cloud technology, many developers are wondering how to leverage opportunities to commercialize new products for this market
U.S. Government officials are being encouraged to provide comments and suggestions for a standard API Terms of Service (ToS). The hope is that a standard ToS could be used by any government agency making open data accessible via API. Launching the consultation via the Government API Google Group and on Github, key stakeholders believe the time is right to streamline the process of making API Terms of Service more relevant to developers who want to make use of government open data sources. Developers are now adding their feedback and perspectives to a Github issues repository.
Federal Computer Week (FCW.com) recently published an interesting piece written by John Moore about the use of APIs and development of mashups for use by government managers. Titled "Getting on the same page", the 1200+ word article cites the problem-solving value of mashups in the government sector.