New York State introduces open gov API
The New York Attorney General ‘s office announced an application-programming interface that will provide access to the state’s open government database.
The API, a set of programming instructions and standards for accessing a web-based software application, will put into action “the public’s right to know and monitor governmental decision-making,” according to the AG’s announcement.
API’s allow app developers to query databases and build applications that rely on that data. Using them, citizens and developers can access a storehouse of aggregated governmental data related to campaign finance, lobbying information, state contracts and corporate registrations, to name a few uses of the data.
The API will provide those interested in creating their own applications easier access to the data. The tool will also enable app developers and opengov activists ways to construct new graphical interfaces, devise algorithms for mining data and create applications that integrate various the opengov datasets. Those databases are currently only accessible via a simple search tool bar.
Posted by Mark Pomerleau on Mar 26, 2015 at 8:26 AM