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.
APIs are the backbone of many government led open data initiatives. France is now joining the ranks of governments providing better and easier services to the public via the use of APIs. API.gouv.gr is an API portal with 15 APIs that allows for the embedding of government services.
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.