API

The API Briefing: Free Federal Energy and Economic Information Delivered Straight to Your Spreadsheet

Mar 25, 2015 |

Back in November 2014, I wrote about the Federal Reserve of St. Louis’ FRED® (Federal Reserve Economic Data) API. A user can access 238,000 economic trends through FRED® through a website and mobile apps. What is unique about FRED® is that a user can pull economic data directly into an Excel spreadsheet. Now, the FRED® Read »

The API Briefing: Introduction to Web Components

Mar 18, 2015 |

Instead of writing about a specific federal API this week, I want to talk about a new, evolving way of building Web interfaces and complete applications. Web Components allow developers to create their element that extends the HTML5 set of tags. Developers can create a Web Component Read »

Why Your APIs Need Design Help

Mar 16, 2015 |

Anything built should be built right. It doesn’t matter if it’s built of wood, carbon nanotubes or code. So it’s encouraging that the practice of User-Centered Design—getting customer feedback at every stage of a project—is catching on with Read »

The API Briefing: Fulfilling the D(e)SIRE for Renewable Energy with the Department of Energy’s New API

Mar 11, 2015 |

The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency® (DSIRE®) provides information on incentives and policies for renewables and energy efficiency in the U.S. This joint project by the Department of Energy and North Carolina State University just released an API to query DSIRE®’s database. Developers can view the sample Read »

Data, Code, and API Event Round Up

Mar 11, 2015 |

DigitalGov University has hosted some great events over the last year in partnership with Data.gov, the MobileGov Community and 18F to bring you information on opening data and building APIs. This month we’ve rounded up the events over the past year so that you can see what’s Read »

DigitalGov Monthly Theme: How Data and Code Improve Government Services

Mar 10, 2015 | ,

Data and code are the foundation, building blocks, and cornerstone of government digital services. They are the keys that open the door to a better digital government future and are fundamental in making government more open. No matter who you are or where you work in the federal space, data and code enable your projects Read »

The API Briefing: Practicing Safe App Development with Secure Federal APIs

Mar 4, 2015 |

When browsing the various APIs offered by the federal government, you may have noticed that developers need to sign up for an API key. You may have also noticed that the documentation tells app developers to access the API using specified methods. Along with these two requirements, federal API creators Read »

The API Briefing: Harvesting the USDA’s Rich Bounty of Open Data Sets for APIs

Feb 25, 2015 |

APIs and apps have been created for almost every aspect of human life. There are alarm clock apps, fitness apps, cooking apps, and personal finance apps, just to name a few of the thousands of apps available today. Most areas of society are well-represented in the app world except for one large portion of the Read »

The API Briefing: Building Apps with APIs Using If This Then That

Feb 18, 2015 |

In my last posting, I argued that federal agencies should consider microservices architecture when releasing APIs. This is because allowing users to combine single-purpose apps together in unique ways helps people build personalized apps such as a driving map to local farmers markets. When given the opportunity, users will surprise you with the innovative creations Read »

IFTTT Combines Social Media, Mobile and Internet of Things for Government

Feb 12, 2015 |

The newest addition to the federal government’s social media utility belt may also be one of its most powerful, as IFTTT (as in “If This Then That”) combines 166 channels like Twitter, Android and iOS Location and RSS into “recipes” that can integrate government social media, data, location-based services Read »

The API Briefing: Two API Trends to Watch in 2015 – Microservices and Containers

Feb 11, 2015 |

DigitalGov recently spotlighted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) new SaferRide app. SaferRide provides safe alternatives to keep drunken drivers off the road. SaferRide uses the Yelp API to provide information about local taxi services Read »

Training Trends in 2014

Jan 23, 2015 |

In recent years, DigitalGov University (DGU) has evolved from a prescriptive training program to a more agile program looking to federal government leaders like you to share the innovations, tools, resources, hurdles and case studies of how you work to meet the digital expectations of the 21st century citizen customer better. Whew. That’s a mouthful. Read »

The Future Will Be Printed – in 3D

Jan 15, 2015 |

The use of 3D printing is growing. From kayaks to pancakes to human and canine prosthetics, a diverse array of 3D printed products have been delivered. 3D printing has also been named one of the top technology Read »

Trends on Tuesday: The Hottest DigitalGov Mobile Articles in 2014

Dec 30, 2014 |

QR codes, apps about whales, bullying and railroad crossings, challenges of responsive Web design and mobilizing charts and tables were the things you were most interested in this year. We publish mobile trends every Tuesday and feature a government mobile app every Thursday on the mobile channel of DigitalGov. In addition, we do recaps of MobileGov Read »

Santa Is 16 Centuries Old: Things I’ve Learned from NORAD Tracks Santa App

Dec 24, 2014 |

NORAD’s Santa Tracker is available for download again! Here are five things I learned from the magical NORAD Tracks Santa app to keep my nieces, nephews and neighborhood children entertained this holiday season, even if I don’t remember how many of them Read »