July 17, 2015
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Government watchdogs Sunlight Labs has released a new Influence Explorer Text API. The new API provides rich data on the political influence of individuals and organizations in Washington DC. Last month Sunlight Labs released Inbox Influence, a new tool that allows you to see the political contributions of the people and organizations, while viewing emails in Gmail. The Influence Explorer Text API provides developers with the same data, to build their own political influence applications and plugins.
Earlier this year, Google requested map data from the Korean government. In response, Korean tech companies Naver and Kakao have increased free limits to their respective maps APIs beyond what Google offers. The government is expected to respond next month but the competition has already started.
The US Census is a treasure trove of valuable information for many people. From salesmen trying to market to curious people trying to learn about new cultural trends, the Census is a great source of information. Accessing this data in a computer readable form is sometimes difficult, however. The USA Today Census API simplifies the process, at least for the 2010 census.