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Who ever said that institutions were loathe to change? Well call him up and let him know, the Library of Congress, with their Prints and Photographs API has finally taken the REST API plunge. If this government institution can do it, maybe you can convince the head of your IT department that APIs are a good idea too.
The United States Presidential Election of 2012 is going to be held in less than six months. With this important election fast approaching, it is very important that voters in every state have access to accurate election information. The Voting Information Project is an organization that "offers cutting edge technology tools to provide voters with access to customized election information to help them navigate the voting process and cast an informed vote." Cutting edge technology tools offered by the Voting Information Project include the Voting Information Project API, a Google "Find My Polling Place" Gadget as well as other various projects.
Last October we covered the launch of NYC BigApps, a government data contest aimed at rewarding developers for development of applications that utilized information from the City of New York’s NYC.gov data mine. The contest drew quite a bit of attention and enthusiasm, given the size of the city and the number of data sets that were made available. Now the contest has concluded and the winners were announced last night.