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Before there was a Google Maps API, Adrian Holovaty created Chicago Crime to show updated crime data by location. Holovaty's lessons were later put into play in the Knight Foundation-funded EveryBlock, now owned by MSNBC. And now, EveryBlock has an API.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs has announced its first Health API. The Health API adds to VA's growing suite of APIs as the agency looks to become more technology driven and API-first. The Health API will help Veterans gain better access to and control over their private health data.
You may remember our previous blog post on ShowUsABetterWay.com, a web site set up by the UK Government's Power of Information Task Force as a resource for public involvement in the use of government data made available for use in mashups and applications. As part of the Task Force's data sharing initiative, a contest with several cash prizes was set up as an incentive to garner ideas on how to effectively use the government data.