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An API for New York City Data, and a Chance to Suggest What to Use It For

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 21 2011

New York City will provide on-the-fly access to the datasets in its New York City Datamine by the end of the year, city Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne promised Tuesday at the Games for Change conference held in New York University's Skirball Center.

She said this move is part of an effort to support the software industry in New York City, and tied into the city's broader NYC Digital initiative.

"We're going to continue to open up the lines of communication," Sterne told the crowd of video game developers, funders and enthusiasts.

She said one goal of the city's efforts was to make sure developers, especially civic game developers, "can gain access to the data and support that you need to continue to do what you're doing."

Today, the city also announced the launch of the BigApps Ideas Challenge, an initiative to crowdsource tweet-length ideas for applications built on the city's publicly available datasets.

The top winners will get $250 each. Submissions opened today and end July 28; winners will be announced Aug. 11. The competition will be judged by New York Tech Meetup co-founder Dawn Barber; BMW iVentures Managing Director Alex Diehl; Charlie O'Donnell, a principal at First Round Capital; Carole Post, commissioner of the city's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, which maintains the city's public data repository; NYU's Clay Shirky; and New York City Economic Development Corporation Center for Economic Transformation Managing Director Steven Strauss.

This post has been updated.