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Often viewed as a technological laggard, the US Government is breaking the mold when it comes to APIs. Few, if any, large groups of API enthusiasts ever get together to discuss a common mandate the way this group does. Like a drum beat, once per month, Uncle Sam just keep iterating.
It may not have been the zombie apocalypse, but the recent government shutdown stopped the flow of open data via APIs and raised questions about how API developers and API providers can best handle a crisis in future. Now, 21 days later, we examine the impact and fallout of the shutdown, and look at how a similar situation could be avoided in both the US and anywhere that developers are making use of government open data in their API workflows.
Apps for Californians has announced its winners. The CA.gov-promoted mashup competition launched in June was a collaboration with Google, Microsoft, Center for Digital Government and ProgrammableWeb. There are five winners and two People’s Choice Winners.