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."
With President Barack Obama being sworn into office for a second term a lot of thoughts will naturally turn to how narrow his re-election actually was. The president did surprisingly well by carrying a much larger number of swing states than anybody thought possible. But each of those victories only came about because the turnout for the president was much higher than most anyone has expected in those states with the possible exception of the team of programmers that build the social media applications for the Obama for America campaign.