Where Are The APIs For Government Data?

from the open-'em-up dept

It shouldn't be a huge surprise that the government isn't always the fastest to embrace what the internet lets it do (even if it did basically fund the creation of the internet). However, a new report out of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy is suggesting that it's about time that the government make its data more widely accessible for a web 2.0 world. Basically, the government has put up websites, but it hasn't done much to make it so that it's easy to access the data available in those websites or (even more important) let other applications and services do something with that data and actually make it useful to the citizens that data is supposed to help. Given the pace of government activity in this arena, maybe we can expect some sort of movement in this direction by about 2016 or so. But wouldn't it be nice if we could actually easily pull government data and make it useful?

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jun 2008 @ 6:26am

    As someone who does government work (as a contractor), let me point out a few things: With all the regulations, policies, and other rules we are required to abide by, many of us have more than enough to do just figuring out how to do our jobs, let alone getting things done. So, developing API's so Joe Citizen can follow his tax return or look for life on Mars would just add to the workload, requiring more developers and thus more money = tax dollars. So, let me ask, do you want to pay more taxes for these API's?

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