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Free the Data: The Debate Over APIs and Open Government

BY Alex Howard | Monday, March 17 2014

Photo: Jonathan Gray

As the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) catches on across government agencies, third-party developers, open government advocates, and government techies are debating whether this should become the gold standard for open data, and if so, whether such services should be free. Read More

First POST: Smorgasbord

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, September 23 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: New details on how the NSA's public review panel is being managed by the people its supposed to oversee; Ecuador wants to reimagine itself as a peer-to-peer network; Kate Losse accuses Dave Eggers of appropriating her Facebook memoir; a nifty new Twitter search tool from the Knight Lab at Northwestern; and much, much more. Read More

Illinois Launches Open Data Portal

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 22 2011

The state of Illinois has launched an open data portal that uses the Socrata platform, Socrata announced yesterday in a press release. Data.illinois.gov starts with 48 datasets pertaining to the economy, the ... Read More

Data.gov, Now More Social

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 16 2011

O'Reilly's Alex Howard points us to the news that there's a "next generation" Data.gov on the way, one designed to make it easier for people to stumble upon and explore data. Socrata, the social data platform ... Read More

White House Spots Gov't Innovation's Green Shoots

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 18 2011

Over on the White House blog, Aneesh Chopra, the U.S. CTO, and his new deputy Chris Vein pluck out a trio of trends they see "fostering government innovation." Let's call 'em the helpers, the builders, and the ... Read More