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Quick, what is your House of Representatives district? Many people don't know this number, or the member who represents them. The New York Times' new Districts API makes it easy for your application to answer the question for any point within New York City, though it could serve as a template for a nationwide--or even international--service.
"In any organization you can be a Dilbert or a Wally," according to Craigslist founder Craig Newmark. "Dilbert hasn't given up yet, but Wally has." The analogy was appropriate for the developer-heavy crowd at the Open APIs for Government event. The setting--San Francisco City Hall--was also appropriate, because Newmark may have been speaking more to those in charge of continuing to open up government data.
Moonshadow Mobile is making US Census data available on a high performance platform. They have taken the data and geocoded it for Google and Bing maps. The service offering is a proprietary, patent pending system that is able to search through between 20 and 100 million census data records in under a second. Moonshadow has the full census data set, even down to individual voter registration records which only be released to office holders or government entities. The Moonshadow Mobile API offers developers access to a subset of this data.