InternetNews.com's Kenneth Corbin recently wrote about the National Association of State CIOs conference, where White House science and technology adviser Beth Noveck spoke to attendees about opening up government processes to collaboration in an open source model. According to Corbin, Noveck hinted about an API-driven model that could produce citizen-created mashups and applications.
You can find the spot price and futures contracts for Brent crude. How about for biofuel? Though it does not focus on spot pricing, the KDF Billion-Ton API from the U.S. Department of Energy tracks forces involved in projecting this and that could identify business opportunities for creating facilities involved in biofuel's production.