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The FCC is leading by example with its beta release of the FCC.gov website on Monday. In this latest version of the site, the FCC has worked hard to follow Web 2.0 principles, most notably building the entire website on top of RESTful APIs. “Everything should be an API”, FCC managing director Steve Van Roekel said during the press briefing, according to O'Reilly's report.
This is the first API profile in what we are calling the "Growth Series." Mapbox provides an API that allows developers to create maps with rich data visualizations by using multiple data layers. This feature along with others has fueled an 11x growth in calls made to its API.
Thousands of researchers, entrepreneurs, and executives need to tap into Web data to deliver insights. Access to structured Web data tends to be limited at best, and heavily gated by billion dollar corporations. Consuming crawled web data with an API usually makes more sense for businesses.