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The UK’s Open Data Institute is encouraging all API developers to include a machine-readable metadata description whenever publishing an API that enables access to a dataset. The proposed publisher guide defines best practice in how to include a machine readable rights statement in API documentation, and follows recent international efforts to define API standards and best practices.
There's still government hoops to jump through, but the US Census is making much of its recent data available by the slice, rather than the whole pie. The US Census Bureau API provides access to 2010 Census data, including demographics, income and how many women in New York take public transportation to work (and that's excluding taxi cabs).
The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), one of the oldest nonprofit investigative reporting organizations in the United States, has just announced the launch of the brand new VA Backlog API which allows anyone to access the VA backlog-related data available in the CIR database.