IFTTT data access program

IFTTT digs into government data

In an effort make government open data more accessible, If This Then That -- a service that allows users to create integrations and conditional triggers to "do more with all your apps" -- has released a number of new applets that pull data from government sources and deliver it through users' email, collaboration platform accounts and social media channels.

The Data Access Project enables IFTTT users to sign up for hundreds of already-created applets from a number of federal agencies.  Users looking for information from the Environmental Protection Agency, for example, can share climate information to their Facebook pages or get weekly EPA news, news that just pertains to superfunds or news linked to their location.  The news updates can be sent to email, Twitter or Slack accounts.  

Besides news, users can get notification on grant opportunities, cybersecurity threats and transit information from a number of cities.

Users can also build their own applets. Government users have built ones that alert them when their agencies are mentioned on Reddit or when a pull request has been submitted to an agency's GitHub repository.

More information on how governments can build Applets for IFTTT can be found here.

About the Author

Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for GCN, covering cloud, cybersecurity and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Before joining GCN, Friedman was a reporter for Gambling Compliance, where she covered state issues related to casinos, lotteries and fantasy sports. She has also written for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily on state telecom and cloud computing. Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

Friedman can be contacted at sfriedman@gcn.com or follow her on Twitter @SaraEFriedman.

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