Education Department creates developers hub
- By Amanda Ziadeh
- Jan 17, 2017
InformED, the Education Department’s open data initiative, has partnered with 18F on a new Github repository of open source projects and application program interfaces.
The developer hub, usedgov.github.io, aims to better inform the public on the department's digital initiatives, to improve access to education data and to display the work of developers using open education resources, according to a recent blog post.
The developer hub also includes a news section where the department can share progress on its open government programs and innovation stories and catalog its success.
To create the site, 18F set up an instance of its own API engine, called AutoAPI, so the Education Department could easily convert flat files into a web service and deliver more APIs. The hub uses only openly licensed components, like source code for the Consumer Finance Financial Protection Bureau’s developer hub, so that others can reuse what has been built.
The department is asking for user feedback so it can continue to improve the hub and expand its available datasets, APIs and open source offerings.
Amanda Ziadeh is a former reporter/producer for GCN.