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
A company best known for its tools to help governments open their data now wants to provide the same aid to businesses. Socrata today launched the API Foundary, which can convert Excel spreadsheets (and other data repositories) into customizable APIs. The company will continue to focus on governments, but it also is courting enterprises--or anyone who wants to share data and "mass produce APIs."