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Organizations provide Open Data to provide transparency, to enrich insights for researchers, and to enable developers to build useful civic, commercial and educational applications. The best place to find APIs for Open Data is in the ProgrammableWeb API directory. Here we present ten popular ones.
We recently added this new API listing to the US government site USAspending.govwhich provides API access to budget data, but we didn't notice a detail which one of our readers did: that there's this somewhat intimidating, red-text warning on the homepage.
Who ever said that institutions were loathe to change? Well call him up and let him know, the Library of Congress, with their Prints and Photographs API has finally taken the REST API plunge. If this government institution can do it, maybe you can convince the head of your IT department that APIs are a good idea too.