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Census launches City SDK for civic hackers

Census launches City SDK for civic hackers

The Census Bureau’s City new software development kit (City SDK) gives civic hackers a toolkit building applications that take advantage of Census datasets.

The SDK, released on June 1, takes the most common functionalities developers were building on top of the Census application programming interface and added them directly into the SDK, the Bureau said on the City SDK GitHub page.

The City SDK includes code that converts latitude/longitude or ZIP codes to FIPS state and county codes; the ability to request GeoJSON (an open source geographic shapefile/boundary format) right along with data from Dataweb (for mapping); and a modular architecture that makes it easy to mashup Census data with third-party data.

The bureau is calling on civic hackers to use the toolkit in its City SDK Open Data Solutions Challenge, which is asking developers to apply multiple open datasets to address city sustainability issues by leveraging economic, environmental, social, cultural and housing data.

Running from June 6 to July 31, 2015, the challenge seeks innovative applications and tools that use the City SDK, at least one city dataset and at least two distinct federal datasets.

The City SDK also makes its appearance just in time for the National Day of Civic Hacking, which will take place in cities across the country on June 6.

The City SDK is an open-source project; more information is available on GitHub.

Posted by GCN Staff on Jun 01, 2015 at 9:33 AM


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