Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Protecting Your Brand With API Branding Guidelines

One of the top five concerns I hear from companies considering APIs is regarding losing control of their brand. With APIs being about access to raw data and resources, companies immediately think that developers will extract the value, without any attribution or reference to the companies brand.

Even with this being a major concern, I see many APIs implement very poor branding guidelines, giving developers zero direction regarding how to properly provide attribution.  This is a missed opportunity to not just protect the API providers brand, but actually extend it and increase its value.

With this in mind, I'm always on the lookout for good examples of API branding guidelines.  One recent example I came across while monitoring my API Stack, is from the Active Network which provides activity and outdoor content via their APIs.

Active Network starts with a great explanation of why they provide branding guidelines:

At ACTIVE Network, we want you to be able to create fantastic applications with the ACTIVE Network APIs. At the same time, we don't want users to get confused about who is responsible for the data they are accessing, so we have some brand guidelines.

Next Active Network explains to developers why branding guidelines are important to their own users:

  • The ACTIVE brand holds credibility in the mind of the customer. It serves as a seal of approval giving customers the confidence to transact through a trusted source
  • As a consumer utility, ACTIVE.com® captures and records registration activity providing people with a record of their personal registration history if they need it at a future date
  • Transacting for an ACTIVE powered activity, tells your customer who they need to call if they need help. ACTIVE’s standard of excellence provides customers with 24/7 support 365 days a year

Active Network also provides details on how to properly use their companies name (which I followed in my story), what attribution is required, and a complete branding kit for download as a zip file--containing the following key assets:

  • Branding Guidelines in PDF Format
  • Icon Image
  • Powered by Logos
  • Register Now Buttons

The Active Network Branding Guidelines is one of the better implementations I've come across. It provides a nice overview, with all of the details and assets needed to execute properly.

Even if you aren't concerned about your brand when it comes to your API, requiring some attribution from your developers will at least help you market and advertise your API, and potentially bring in new API consumers.



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App.net File API And The Opportunity for Private Label BaaS Resources

App.net has just released a File API to add to their messaging and communication stack, allowing any App.net account to natively store files via the social platform.

Each App.net account will be given a 10GB file storage area, allowing applications to read and write files, that can be linked and embedded within App.net communications.

This approach reminds me of what I’m seeing within the backend as a service (BaaS) space with other common developer resources like user management, object storage and key-value stores.

App.net is just making sure developers have the resources they will need to be successful building web and mobile apps with the App.net API--a similar motivation for BaaS providers as wel as other API providers.

While many developers are fine with using multiple API providers to get what they need, I can see an opportunity to provide the essential resources developers will need within the primary API that they are building their app around.

As essential API resources are further commoditized, it seems like an opportunity for private label BaaS resources to emerge. File storage could become something that any API provider could offer alongside their own resources, without having to reinvent the wheel each time.

Maybe such services already exist under other names, and I'm unaware of it, but it seems like a great opportunity for cloud providers to step up and offer private label, backend resources for API providers to integrate into their platforms.



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Monday, January 28, 2013

Does Your API Have a Built in Incubator or Accelerator Program?

API ecosystems are all about research & development, and an opportunity for incubating ideas and apps in a way that invites 3rd party developers and companies to develop innovative ways of using your company assets and resources. I’ve discussed incubation within an API ecosystem before, and how companies are not just identifying developer talent and the best apps, but actually investing in companies via their API.

A new example of this in action is Nike's launch of their Nike+ Accelerator--a partnership with TechStars that will host 10 companies for a three-month, immersive, mentor-driven startup accelerator designed to spur development on the NikeFuel, the Nike+ FuelBand, and Nike+ Running API platform.

The 10 partner companies will be given the following:

  • $20,000
  • Access to the Nike+ APIs, Nike+ mobile SDKs, and Nike+ FuelBand Dev Kit (Beta) - you will be among the first in the world to receive this access
  • A Nike+ FuelBand for each team member
  • Tech support from experienced developers who've built companies, or built with Nike+ Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
  • Code and solution reviews during the program
  • Mentor sessions with Nike executives and leaders in the start-up community
  • Two Investor Demo Days: one at the Nike World Headquarters and one in Silicon Valley
  • Real Access to Decision Makers

Then, at the end of the Nike+ Accelerator, each team will present to Nike executives, mentors, angel investors, venture capitalists, and tech industry leaders.

As an API publisher have you considered a built-in accelerator or incubation program within your API ecosystem? And while I’m at it, has your incubator or accelerator consider a partnership program tailored for API publishers?

Sounds kind of like a Reese's Peanut Butter commercial! :)



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Virtualized API Stacks

Up until now we tend to think of APIs individually--we approach integration in terms of the Twilio API, Twitter API or the Facebook API. But as the number of public APIs has grown beyond 8K, and an unknown amount of internal and partner APIs become available, we are seeing new patterns of aggregation and interoperability emerge from companies like Singly, but also seeing automation be added into the mix by companies like Temboo, and entire backend stacks from providers like Parse.

These new aggregated or backend stacks of API driven resources can be as general as object and key-value stores, user management and other developer commodities we see backend as a service providers (BaaS) bring to the table, or they can be very personal like the photos Singly is aggregating across Flickr, Facebook and Instagram and with friends and followers across Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

As I see these new aggregate and BaaS providers emerge, at an ever increasing pace, I can’t help but think--this still isn’t fast enough (its my nature, you should try being me). If I want common mobile developer resources I can adopt one of these new BaaS platforms like Kinvey or Parse, or if I need personal and social resources, which have become part of the fabric of web and mobile apps, I can go to Singly. But what if I want a more specialized network, say just for education? I might need user management, object storage, key-value storage, access to commons social tools like friends and photos across multiple social networks, but I also need access to open courseware, teacher and student directories all via a very secure, auditable, efficient stack tailored just for K-12? I will have to wait, for the next wave of startups to emerge.

While in NYC on Friday I had a great discussion with Temboo about virtualization. Not just the virtualization we’ve come to depend on with cloud computing--which is the virtualization of compute, storage, and database resources, but the virtualization of network resources and software defined networking. Companies like Nicira, Pluribus Networks, Anuta Networks, Arista, and Vyatta are emerging with new products that are allowing the virtualization of networking resource into new and meaningful network stacks for any possible implementation that you can imagine.

After these conversation with the Temboo team, over the weekend I continued to think about the potential of virtualized API stacks. Why can’t I assemble my own API stack? Why do I have to go to each API individually, or wait for new Singlys' to emerge in other verticals? Why can’t I assemble Parse, Singly, Twilio, Schoology, SendGrid into a virtualized API stack that provides not just ease of use, but the security I need to deploy a backend tailored just for K-12 education?

In this vision of the future, API providers could focus on what they do best, and not worry about every use case out there. Providers like Singly, Temboo, Parse can build abstracted layers on top of this. With this abstraction I wouldn’t be limited to just the friends and followers features on Twitter or Facebook, I could take advantage of the next generation of friend discovery tools like what Singly is delivering--in addition to the value of individual API providers.

With a virtualized approach, I could build the stack that is most meaningful for my internal, partner or public developers and if one piece of my stack is proving unreliable, I can replace it with another. APIs resources would be further commoditized, required to provide JSON definitions of their interfaces (or die a quick death), which virtual API stack platforms could use to discover and offer API resources. API ranking algorithms would emerge allowing anyone to make sure they were discovering, selecting and using the best of breed API resources in the areas that matter for any vertical.

With a virtualized API stack I could launch any specialized set of resources that I desired from the best of breed providers out there. I could blend private and public resources together and in return offer them for use in private or public environments, further blurring the lines of what is an API and how they are consumed.

As we see APIs continue to become a driving force in government, healthcare and education and bridge the online and physical worlds via our automobiles, homes, buildings and further grow within healthcare via the quantified self, potentially disrupt manufacturing with 3D printing and drive everything around us with the internet of things--the manual assembling of individual or even aggregated API stacks won’t be enough. We will need the ability to virtualize APIs stacks for any purpose within hours, not months or years.



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Thursday, January 24, 2013

I Am Speaking at NPR for the DC API User Group Next Thursday in Washington DC

I am invited to speak at the Washington DC API User Group, next Thursday January 31st 2013, at the NPR offices in Washington D.C.

It looks like a pretty sweet linup of people, gathering for API meetup:

  • 18:00 - 18:30 Food, drinks and networking
  • 18:30 - 18:40 Welcome and introductions
  • 18:40 - 18:55 Ben Balter, Presidential Innovation Fellow, MyGov
  • 18:55 - 19:10 Kin Lane, API Evangelist
  • 19:10 - 19:25 David Hale, PM for Pillbox, National Library of Medicine
  • 19:25 - 19:40 Eric Herzog, Open Data Specialist, World Bank
  • 19:40 - 19:55 Private sector presenter TBA
  • 19:55 - 20:00 Refill your beverage
  • 20:00 - 20:30 Panel discussions with Alex Howard, O'Reilly Media
  • 20:30 - 21:00 Networking

If you are in Washington DC, make sure and come by and join in the API conversation, and say hello.

I find myself talking APIs in Washington D.C. more than any other city, except for San Francisco.  

Which is a good thing!  Its one of the most important places we need to be having API discussions, so its good to see the energy from folks.  



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The Next Generation of API Discovery

For the last seven years, when you wanted to find an API you went to ProgrammableWeb. It has been the definitive way to discover new APIs, and responsible for all the buzz in the space that has gotten the industry to where it is.

Now that ProgrammableWeb is at 8400 APIs in its directory, and adding 50-100 each week, it will continue to get even more difficult to discover APIs. Even for someone like me who has looked at thousands of APIs, it can be very difficult and time consuming to find the API or APIs you are looking for.

In 2013 there are even more ways to find APIs, new approaches that are looking to define the next generation of API discovery and consumption. Currently I’m tracking on 4 API directories in addition to ProgrammableWeb:

  • APIhub - APIhub is the best way to publish, discover and consume APIs. Search our database or browse through our most popular APIs
  • APIs.io - APIS.io is an open source and free API registry service that allows developers to publish and discover REST APIs and interact with them online
  • Exicon API Directory - Exicon helps marketers and enterprises find qualified developers through our online platform and advisory services
  • Mashape - Mashape provides a world-class marketplace to manage, distribute and consume both private and public APIs by developers from all over the world

APIs.io and Exicon have the least amount of APIs available, but both Mashape and APIhub are currently leading, with Mashape possessing over 1500 and APIhub has over 13,000 APIs available.

In addition to providing the ability to search APIs and browse by category, these new generation of API directories are providing sophisticated tools like interactive documentation, code samples and ways to follow, share, like--providing social interactions for API developers with API publishers.

Beyond these new bells and whistles, what’s next for API discovery? To make developers lives easier they need programmatic ways to discover and understand APIs, as well as some sort of ranking to tell which are good and which are bad APIs.

To provide interactive documentation, these directories posses JSON definitions of each API interface, using formats such as Swagger from Wordnik, which opens up the door for more sophisticated discovery in a programmatic way, and potentially directly from within your IDE.

With the data from the sharing, liking, following, page views and other signals generated via these API directories, there is a potential to develop some sort of ranking. But we need more data signals from the space to truly develop a meaningful ranking. I’ve developed my own API ranking to help me discover which APIs are trending based upon internal and external signals, allowing me to establish my API Stack. But its not enough either. We need a lot more to be able to establish a meaningful way to rank APIs, that truly benefits developer efforts.

As we are switching from showcasing the quantity of APIs, to better understanding the value and quality of APIs, we are going to need a new breed of directories. I’m excited by what I’m seeing from these new API directories, and hopeful for what is coming 2013.

Disclosure: Both ProgrammableWeb and APIhub are API Evangelist partners.



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Google Goes All in With Github and You Should Too With Your API

Google is migrating samples and tools for App Engine, BigQuery, Compute Engine, Cloud SQL, and Cloud Storage to a new Github account, they are calling the Google Cloud Platform.

Google is going all in with its use of Github, something I'm encouraging API owners to do. They are working to manage all of their essential API tools there like their start projects, which show developers how to get started with Google APIs as well as other helper tools like the OAuth 2.0 Helper, that helps developers be successful.

Github provides a lot of benefit beyond the obvious of open sourcing code. Google is actively engaging with developers using Github alongside all of these open source projects. If you think about it, this offers a more compelling way to engage with API developers beyond forums. On forums you end up with a lot of general, sometimes senseless questions--Github anchors questions or issues and pull requests around actual code libraries, SDKs, starter kits and other integration areas.

Github provides potentially more meaningful actions to occur between you and your developer community, beyond making code more accessible and openly licensed. It is good to see Google going this route.



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Estimating the Number of Non-Public APIs

This post comes from the SDK Bridge newsletter.  I find so much value from what Peter and Jonathan do over at SDK Bridge, I always have to post their newsletter here and share with all of you.

ProgrammableWeb is known for publishing the number of public APIs in its directory, and they regularly present an impressive graph that shows how this number has increased exponentially over time. However, not all APIs are public, and ProgrammableWeb is not able to obtain information on how many non-public APIs exist.

SDK Bridge writes API documentation as a service, and many of our customers have us document their non-public APIs. That puts us in a unique position to be able to estimate what percentage of APIs is public compared to non-public.

Definitions

What exactly is a non-public API? For the purposes of this article, let's define a few terms.

Public API. A public API is an API where the documentation is freely available on the Web. Using the API may require registering and paying a fee.

Partner API. A partner API is an API where the documentation is not made available to the public, but is made available to select companies who have some kind of partnership agreement with the API provider. Typically the documentation is accessible through a password-protected website.

Internal API. An internal API is an API that is only used by developers who work for the company that provides the API. Typically the documentation is available only on an internal website.

Data

Since its inception in 2008, SDK Bridge has written documentation for 23 web APIs. (Web APIs are only a portion of the writing that we do for software professionals. We also write SDK documentation, IT documentation, and training curricula, as well as create video tutorials for developers.) Of these APIs, 12 were public, 9 were partner, and 2 were internal. The following pie chart shows the breakdown:

Web API documentation by type.

For the non-public APIs (partner and internal), it's interesting to note that 82% were RESTful and 18% were SOAP APIs. Also, 91% supported XML formats and 18% supported JSON formats. This suggests that non-public APIs have mostly made the transition from SOAP to REST, but have largely not made a transition from XML to JSON.

Conclusions

Our data analysis indicates that roughly half of web APIs are not public. Two factors to consider:

  • The sample size is still fairly small. As time goes on and we get a larger sample size, we will improve the accuracy.
  • Companies may be less inclined to hire outside writers for non-public APIs than for public APIs. This means that our data could easily result in an underestimation of non-public APIs.

However, for now, if you are looking for a rough estimation of the total number of APIs, you can take the number published by ProgrammableWeb and double it.



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Traffic and Weather Now Available on API Evangelist

I just added a new feature to the right hand menu, for the podcast Traffic and Weather, a podcast about APIs and the cloud from John Sheehan (@johnsheehan) and Steve Marx (@smarx).

I’m big podcast fan, and I"m always looking for something I can listen to in the background while I’m coding or writing stories.  Traffic and Weather is great for this.

The podcast dives into various topics ranging from Webhooks to oAuth, but keeps things light, where I think even non-technical folks can get up to speed on the latest in the space. John and Steve make things very informative, while being friendly and keeping it conversational.

I added a widget to my right hand menu, which will always pull the latest episode from Traffic and Weather. You can also click on the logo to go directly to their site.

Enjoy!



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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hacker Storytelling

I love to write. My girlfriend has really help me kindle this passion. Thank you @audreywatters.

After 2.5 years of telling stories on API Evangelist, I’ve gotten pretty good at organizing my ideas, and putting out stories that showcase the best (and worst) from the Business of APIs. I’ve gotten so efficient at it in 2012, I even launched API Voice which is dedicated to the politics of APIs, the API Stack which is dedicated to top APIs and Hack Weekends which is all about hackathons.

When I meet people in the real world, I often hear, “You sure blog a lot, I see like 5 posts a day coming from you!” I do write a lot, but it comes in waves. I tend to write a lot of stories all at once, pumping out 15-20 pieces and then I trickle them out across the appropriate domain over the next couple days.

In 2013, I’m going to get even more efficient with my storytelling, with an evolved approach I’m calling Hacker Storytelling.

The process is based upon dwhat I already do, but uses a new blend of:

  • Pages - HTML, CSS and text that frames a site, project or research
  • Blogs - Chronological blog posts that walk through a project or research
  • Presentations - Deck.js presentations that walk through a project or research
  • Data - JSON, XML or database stores that drive the essence of a story
  • APIs - Simple, data and representations derived from APIs

I use these formats to tell stories across my blog, but in 2012 I learned some new techniques with existing and new technology that  I have discovered, and will be employing a series of technologies that help me better deliver stories:

  • Github Pages - A quick, easy and lightweight way to host websites on Github allowing anyone to build site with HTML, CSS and Javascript.
  • Jekyll - Jekyll is a simple, blog aware, static site generator. It takes a template directory (representing the raw form of a website), runs it through Textile or Markdown and Liquid converters, and spits out a complete, static website.
  • Mustache Templates - A simple way to render structured data from JSON files, using basic HTML templates for displaying--instead of pulling directly from database.
  • Deck.js - A JavaScript library for building modern HTML presentations. deck.js is flexible enough to let advanced CSS and JavaScript authors craft highly customized decks, but also provides templates and themes for the HTML novice to build a standard slideshow.

By default all of my projects start as a Github repository with a base Github Pages + Jekyll implementation I’ve setup for my API Evangelist brand. This will force me to be open and transparent by default. I know this reality isn’t meant for everyone, but for me, I hate seeing many of my projects never leave the firewall and end up being deleted from an Amazon EC2 instance in the dungeon of my IT network.

All my projects will become Hacker Storytelling projects. Some will have a single page, while others will have blogs, presentations and simple or complex data driven tools that help support the story.

Currently I have four projects who live in this new format and are hosted entirely on Github:

My goal is to be open by default, when it comes to content and data and make sure I share all of my ideas, in the widest and most shareable and remixable way possible. My objective during my time on earth is to tell stories and write code that will make change, no matter how small.

I believe that Hacker Storytelling will help me do this! I hope it will help you too!



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Google Drive SDK Early Access Program

Google has an SDK early access program setup for the Google Drive platform, and is inviting a select group of dedicated Google Drive developers to join the program. Giving them access to upcoming Google Drive SDK features and the opportunity to provide feedback.

Google isn't accepting everyone--they will be screening applicants based upon the type and quality of the application, number of users, and ability to implement and provide feedback on new features as they're made available.

An early access program seems like a good idea for API owners. It gives you the chance to test out your alpha and beta APIs, client libraries, SDK's with a controlled audience, before you release them out into the wild.

With the number of developers Google has, I don't think it will be a problem getting developers to sign up. But it seems like something you could even pay developers for, if you have a shortage of good developers in your API ecosystem.

An early access program fits right into earlier stories I've done on possible developer incentive ladders within API ecosystems.



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Visualizing Hackathons in 2012

Hackathons have been going on for quite a few years now, in Silicon Valley circles. But in 2012 hackathons started going mainstream around the globe, getting a lot of attention because of organizers like Twilio, Sendgrid, AT&T, AngelHack, to name just a few.

For those that are new to the hackathon space, these events are not intended to perform illegal activities around computer networks.

Software developers widely see hacking as a quick and dirty programmatic solution to a problem.

Hackathons are NOT about gaining access to other networks, which is a definition widely publicized by the media and hollywood. Among the developer community, it is meant to be a positive term that drives innovation among developers.

While many hackathons are startup focused, we are seeing them emerge in other verticals like healthcare, education, environment and robotics. People are seeing hackathons as temporary venues for innovation and R&D as well as potential environments for talent acquisition.

This time last year, I was going to 10 hackathons a month, doing research on the space, which resulted in me spending the entire year tracking on hackathons--then organizing the data into a central database, which I publish weekly to hackweekends.com, Singly and other venues.

Over the holidayz I partnered with Singly to help visualize the hackathons in 2012. Even though some of the data was a little messy, I think we were able to produce a nice overview of the year, when and where hackathons occur as well as some of the top genres of hackathons from mobile to gaming.

You can also view the 2012 hackathon infographic over at Singly, but for maximum results, you can be part of this hackathon movement by forking or downloading the Hack Weekends Guide and throwing your own hackathon in 2013, and be part of this year’s innovation.



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Monday, January 21, 2013

API Strategy & Practice Conference in New York is SOLD OUT!!

It is 30 days until the API Strategy & Practice conference in New York City, February 21st and 22nd, and the now event is sold out!

The event will be a 275 person conference focused on discussing the API industry.

Since the event was postponed after Hurricane Sandy, the demand to get in and speak was overwhelming and conference tickets didn’t last long either.

We were able to keep almost all the original session lineup while make a couple changes and squeezing in a couple new speakers, where possible.

I am really pleased with how the event has come together. We have an amazing lineup and from looking at the attendee list, it looks like it will be a diverse groups of folks in attendance, discussing APIs.

I look forward to seeing you all in New York!



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WSO2 Now Has API Reporting With Google Analytics

WSO2's open source API management platform for creating, managing, consuming and monitoring APIs, now has the ability to track API usage through Google Analytics.

Since APIs are deployed using HTTP, the same transport we are using for websites, it makes sense that we should be able to see statistics for both our websites and APIs, side-by-side using Google Analytics.

After creating a new profile for your API in Google Analytics you can put the tracking code into your WSO2 API Management interface and begin seeing real-time or standard (24 hour) reporting on API traffic in the Google Analytics interface.

Since Google Analytics has an API and widgets, you will be able to use this data easily in other reports or system integrations that may need access to your API usage data.

It is great to see innovation around API analytics and reporting, beyond the standard dashboards we've seen from most providers. I'd like to see more stories and scripts to help automate API reporting using Google Analytics, StatsD and Graphite or platforms like Mixpanel.

Disclosure:  WSO2 is an API Evangelist platform partner



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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Digital Strategy: 20 Federal Agencies, 76 data API and 75 Mobile API Initiatives

It has been a while since I provided an update on the White House Digital Strategy.  I monitor the progress of federal agencies participation programmatically, using JSON reports published by each agency at the agencies domain, /digitalstrategy.

After running the script today, I notice 20 federal agencies with active footprints.  There are about five more, but there are issues with the JSON version of their digital stratgies--I really want to focus on the programmatic value. So, across these 20 agencies I find 76 data API initiatives and 75 mobile API projects.

To bring you up to speed, there are two specific milestones in the Digital Government Strategy that specifically address API deployment:

  • 2.2 (Data) - Make high-value data and content in at least existing two major customer-facing systems available through web APIs, apply metadata tagging and publish a plan to transition additional high-value systems
  • 7.2 (Mobile) - Optimize at least two existing priority customer-facing services for mobile use and publish a plan for improving additional existing services  

To help shed light on where these progressive agencies are going with both their data and mobile intiatives I wanted to break them out into separate groups, for each agency.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

2.2 Data

  • Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT) - The Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT) provides longitudinal information on the education and employment of the college-educated U.S. science and engineering workforce, collected through three biennial surveys. These surveys capture trends in employment opportunities and salaries in various degree fields, and help federal researchers to evaluate the effectiveness of equal opportunity efforts.
  • NSF Award Information - Information pertaining to NSF awards from 1959 through the present. Data includes principal investigator, awardee institution, NSF program and associated NSF organizations, award amount, award dates, award abstract, and publications and conference proceedings produced as a result of the research.
  • NSF Research Grant Funding Rates - NSF funding rates for competitive research proposals by organizational unit. (Funding rates constitute the number of awards divided by the number of actions for a given year by organizational unit).
  • Science & Engineering Indicators - Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) provide U.S. and international data on the following subjects: 1) Elementary and Secondary Mathematics and Science Education 2) Higher Education in Science and Engineering 3) Science and Engineering Labor Force 4) Research and Development: National Trends and International Comparisons 5) Academic Research and Development 6) Industry, Technology, and the Global Marketplace 7) Science and Technology: Public Attitudes and Understanding 8) State Indicators.
  • Project Outcome Reports - Section 7010 of the America COMPETES Act requires that researchers funded in whole or in part by NSF report on the outcomes of the funded research for the general public. Project Outcomes Reports describe the project outcomes or findings, addressing the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the work as defined in NSF merit review criteria.
  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program Awardees and Honorable Mention Recipients - Demographic information for recipients of NSF GRFP awards. The GRFP provides three years of graduate education support for individuals who have demonstrated the potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research

7.2. Mobile

  • News - NSF press releases and other agency news products
  • Funding - Catalog of NSF’s funding opportunities with links to Grants.gov System
  • Discoveries - Articles describing notable results from NSF funded research
  • Awards - Searchable database of NSF awards.
  • Staff Directory - Senior management list, organization list, browse-able and searchable staff list.
  • Events - Calendar of NSF events.
  • Vacancies - Current job vacancies at NSF.
  • Directions - Directions for visiting NSF headquarters in Ballston.
Department of State

2.2 Data

  • Bibliographical Metadata of the Foreign Relations of the United States Series - Raw bibliographical metadata for the nearly 500 official historical documentary volumes of U.S. foreign policy in the Foreign Relations of the United States published since 1861
  • aoprals.state.gov - Foreign Travel Per Diem rates
  • J1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program website - Provide accessible, plain-language information on the J1 visa Exchange Visitor Program
  • ForeignAssistance.gov - The goal of the Foreign Assistance Dashboard is to make all U.S. Government foreign assistance investments available in an accessible and easy-to-understand format.
  • Travel.State.gov - Provides an informational portal into Consular Affairs pages on international travel, passports, visa, international child abduction, and international law and policy.
  • U.S. Passport Issuance Data - U.S. Passports Issued per Fiscal Year (2010-1996); U.S. Passports Issued per Calendar Year (1995-1974); U.S. Passport Applications Received by Fiscal Year (1986-2010); Passport Issuance by State per Fiscal Year (2007-2010)

7.2. Mobile

  • Bibliographical Metadata of the Foreign Relations of the United States Series - Raw bibliographical metadata for the nearly 500 official historical documentary volumes of U.S. foreign policy in the Foreign Relations of the United States published since 1861
  • aoprals.state.gov - Foreign Travel Per Diem rates
  • Foreign Service Mobile App - The goal of this app is to serve as a learning tool to educate diverse university students (undergraduate and graduate), alumni and mid-career professionals about the various career opportunities in the Foreign Service and provide the information and resources to help them prepare for the selection and hiring processes.
  • Usembassy.gov (450+ websites under the usembassy/usconsulate.gov domain) - Provides public affairs/diplomacy information and critical citizen services (passports, visa, and business opportunities) for in-country American citizens.
  • J1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program website - Provide accessible, plain-language information on the J1 visa Exchange Visitor Program
  • ForeignAssistance.gov - The goal of the Foreign Assistance Dashboard is to make all U.S. Government foreign assistance investments available in an accessible and easy-to-understand format.
  • U.S. Passport Issuance Data - U.S. Passports Issued per Fiscal Year (2010-1996); U.S. Passports Issued per Calendar Year (1995-1974); U.S. Passport Applications Received by Fiscal Year (1986-2010); Passport Issuance by State per Fiscal Year (2007-2010)
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

2.2 Data

  • HUD User - HUD USER provides interested researchers with access to the original data sets generated by PD&R-sponsored data collection efforts, including the American Housing Survey, HUD median family income limits, as well as microdata from research initiatives on topics such as housing discrimination, the HUD-insured multifamily housing stock, and the public housing population.
  • Low Rent Apartment Search - The government gives funds directly to apartment owners, who lower the rents they charge low-income tenants. You can find low-rent apartments for senior citizens and people with disabilities, as well as for families and individuals.
  • Fair Market Rents - The Fair market rents (FMR) and Income limits data app will provide users the ability to easily obtain statistics for FMR and income limits by their present or other locations.
  • PD&R Edge - Provides access to PD&R's on-line magazine "the Edge". TheEdgeis an online magazine providing news, a message from the Assistant Secretary, and a wide range of information on housing and community development issues, regulations, and research that is updated biweekly.The Edgeis available on Apple iOS and Android powered smartphones.ThePD&R EdgeApp directs users to the PD&R mobile webpage where up- to -date content can be accessed. The app allows users to share content on social media networks like Facebook and Twitter, and via email.
  • Public Housing (PHA) Contact - View contact information for Public Housing Agencies in your city and state
  • Enterprise GIS - Data is a key component to any location-based application. Enterprise GIS aims to remove data acquisition, integration, and maintenance obstacles for geo-developers by providing access to premium HUD data sets.

7.2. Mobile

  • Housing Counselor - HUD sponsors housing counseling agencies throughout the country that can provide advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues. This app allows you to select a list of agencies for each state below. You may search more specifically for areverse mortgage counseloror if you are facing foreclosure, search for aforeclosure avoidance counselor.
  • File a Fair Housing Complaint - Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. By creating a mobile app for the HUD Form 903, FHEO will expand the ability to reach anyone that feels that their civil rights have been violated and have them submit a fair housing complaint easily and confidentially.
  • FHEO HUD.gov mobile adaptive web content - Expanding access to Fair Housing an
  • Housing Discrimination Investigative Checklist - Developing and updating the design of the FHEO investigative checklist that is used by FHEO investigative resources.
  • HUDMaps - HUD has developed a number of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) that are currently available on the web and are listed at http://egis.hud.gov/. The HUDMap tool allows HUD Employees and Contractors to pull information from various internal and external sources to assist programmatic and disaster response projects. HUDMaps access is being expanded to provide for mobile device capabilities.
  • GMP Monitoring Exhibits Handbook - The CPD Monitoring Handbook includes all programs and technical functions for which CPD Field staff have monitoring responsibilities.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

2.2 Data

  • Decisions and Notices - Provides a monthly collection of Delegated Orders, Notices, and Commission Decisions from Commission Meetings or Notational Voting arranged by date.
  • eTariff - Allows for tariffs, tariff revisions and rate change applications to be filed electronically in the manner prescribed by Order No. 714. The affected regulated entities are: • Public utilities and Power Marketing Administrations under Parts 35 and 300; • Natural gas pipelines under Parts 154 and 284; • Intrastate gas pipelines under Part 284; and • Oil pipelines under Part 341.
  • eLibrary - eLibrary is a records information system that contains: 1. Electronic versions of documents issued by FERC from 1989-Present; 2. Documents received and issued by FERC: a. A description of documents from 1981-Present; b. Microfilm and aperture cards of documents for 1981-1995; c. Scanned images of paper documents from 1995-Present; and d. Native files electronically submitted from November 2000-Present
  • eService - Provides users with official mailing list or service list for a docketed proceeding.
  • Electric Quarterly Reports (EQR) - Allows users to access data submitted by utilities and power marketers. Access is achieved through the following means: 1. Download Spreadsheets - Contract and transaction data by company by quarter in a structure similar to the one used for data import. 2. Summary Reports - Short summaries of each company's EQR filings (beginning Q1 2005) identifying the products they sell, the customers they sell to and the control areas where deliveries are made. 3. Filing Inquiries - EQR data can be retrieved using standard queries which can be customized by the user. 4. Selective Filings Download - Retrieves data on multiple companies and quarters with one request. Processed overnight and sent via email the next day. 5. Download Database - Provides for the download of the full EQR database. It should be used only by advanced users with several gigabytes of disk space.

7.2. Mobile

  • Decisions and Notices - Provides a monthly collection of Delegated Orders, Notices, and Commission Decisions from Commission Meetings or Notational Voting arranged by date.
  • What’s New - The “What’s New” RSS feed provides news and information details about the events at FERC.
  • eSubscription - Users subscribe or ‘sign up’ for specific dockets and are notified via email about future correspondence. Users have immediate access to the correspondence or documents in eLibrary.
  • eFiling - Allows users to electronically submit qualified documents to FERC in lieu of paper filings.
  • eRegistration - eRegistration provides the FERC customer an easy-to-use entry point to do business with all FERC Online applications. Think of eRegistration as a form of membership. By registering, the user will receive a single user id and password that allows them to transact all of their business with FERC. eRegistration is valuable to any person who transacts business with the FERC on behalf of themselves or another organization (e.g. companies or corporations). It provides authentication support to the FERC Online applications that ensures safe and secure transactions, thereby protecting the integrity of your data.
  • Electric Quarterly Reports (EQR) - Allows all public utilities and power marketers to file EQRs for the most recent calendar quarter. The filings must summarize contractual terms and conditions for: Market-based power sales, Cost-based power sales, and Transmission service.
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

2.2 Data

  • FederalRegister.gov - Integration of the Regulations.gov API into FederalRegister.gov and its API. This integration would provide greater access to public comments and supporting documents in Regulations.gov, and improve process for submitting public comments from FederalRegister.gov into Regulations.gov.
  • FederalRegiser.gov API - Expand the FederalRegister.gov API to include the \"Public Inspection Desk.\"
  • Code of Federal Regulations; Federal Register - Develop an API for FDsys through the Office of Federal Register-Government Printing Office Partnership
  • National Archives Catalog on Wikipedia - Make additional National Archives records available through Wikipedia, which is accessible through the MediaWiki API
  • National Archives Catalog on Flickr - Make additional National Archives records available on Flickr, which is accessible through the Flickr API

7.2. Mobile

  • FederalRegister.gov - Mobile optimize FederalRegister.gov
  • Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents - Develop a mobile application based on the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents
  • Archives.gov - Mobile optimize Archives.gov
  • National Archives Catalog on Wikipedia - Make additional National Archives records available through Wikipedia, which is mobile optimized and available through mobile apps
  • National Archives Catalog on Flickr - Make additional National Archives records available through Flickr, which is mobile optimized and available through mobile apps
Social Security Administration (SSA)

2.2 Data

  • SSA State Agency Monthly Workload Data - Monthly information from October 2000 onwards concerning claims for disability benefits that were referred for a disability determination to one of the 54 state agencies. The data may be used to examine disability application filing trends by time and by state, state agency workloads, and disability claims outcomes.
  • Average Wait Time Until Hearing Held Report - A presentation of the average time (in months) from the hearing request date until a hearing is held for claims pending in the Office of Disability.
  • Hearing Office Workload Data - A monthly presentation of four key workload indicators (pending, receipts, dispositions and average processing time) for each hearing office in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).
  • Hearing Office Average Processing Time Ranking Report - A monthly ranking of the 165 ODAR hearing offices (including 3 satellite offices) by the average number of days until final disposition of the hearing request. The average shown will be a combined average for all cases completed in that hearing office. The public will be able to determine where a particular hearing office stands among the total with respect to this workload category.
  • SSA/Department of State Identity Verification Web Service - SSA is providing the DOS with information to verify the identity of passport applicants via a web service. This is being done based on a reimbursable agreement with DOS.

7.2. Mobile

  • Mobile Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Wage Reporting Application - SSI recipients will use this application to report their monthly wage amounts. This enables them to meet their monthly reporting obligations.
  • Mobile Optimized Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - People seeking information from SSA will use this mobile optimized FAQ website to obtain information about numerous topics.
  • Mobile Contact - People seeking to do business with SSA will use this application to get needed information and directions to their local SSA office. In addition they will have access to information about services available by phone and online.
  • Mobile Optimized Life Expectancy Calculator - The Life Expectancy Calculator is a valuable financial planning tool which we encourage the public to use to help decide when to retire and begin collecting Social Security benefits. The Calculator uses the gender and birth date entered by the user to provide the average number of additional years a person of the same gender and age can expect to live when he reaches a specific age. Providing a mobile optimized version of the Calculator also provides links to other helpful retirement planning tools and helps to promote other online services.
Department of Agriculture (USDA)

2.2 Data

  • National Farmers Market Directory - AMS produced director containing information about U.S. farmers market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, and accepted forms of payment. Supports local and regional food systems, as well as development of local economies.
  • Office Information Profile System - USDA Service Centers are designed to be a single location where customers can access the services provided by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rural Development agencies. This tool provides the address of a USDA Service Center and other Agency offices serving your area along with information on how to contact them.
  • ERS Charts of Note - Highlights from our current and past research currently provided in daily Charts of Note available via Web APIs (Application Programming Interfaces, a system of machine-to-machine interactions over a network), and an embeddable widget code
  • Digital Asset Management - A DAM system (DAMS) is a combination of software, hardware and professional services that provides a central location for storing, managing and accessing digital assets - both the files and the accompanying metadata. Digital assets include images, graphics, logos, animations, audio/video clips, presentations, pages, documents and a number of other digital file formats.

7.2. Mobile

  • USDA Newsroom - The USDA Newsroom holds official news releases, statements, transcripts and speeches released by the Department.
  • USDA Blog - The Blog features content from all USDA agencies and features the latest news, events and features. The Blog also provides the public an opportunity to ask questions or share their thoughts about the latest issues.
  • AmberWaves eZine - Fully mobile-optimized online magazine, and magazine app for offline reading on tablets and other mobile devices
  • LDP/PCP Rates - Mobile Version of the Loan Deficiency Payment and Posted County Price rate system
  • Meat and Poultry Inspection Directory - The Meat, Poultry and Egg Product Inspection Directory is a listing of establishments that produce meat, poultry, and/or egg products regulated by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) pursuant to the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act.
Department of Education (ED)

2.2 Data

  • EDFacts - The purpose of EDFacts is to collect and report K-12 education performance data for use by policymakers and Department of Education program offices. With relevant, actionable data supplied by EDFacts, decision-makers can identify which programs are working, have insight into education progress at the state and district levels, identify gaps and best practices, and make sound education policy and budgetary decisions to improve education outcomes. http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/edfacts/index.html
  • State Education Data Profiles - Web-based search tool for statewide information in elementary/secondary education, postsecondary education and selected demographics for all states in the U.S. using a variety of NCES data sources including NAEP, IPEDS, and CCD data. http://nces.ed.gov/programs/stateprofiles/
  • College Navigator - A web-based tool for searching all colleges and universities in the United States. College Navigator consists primarily of the latest data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the core postsecondary education data collection program for the National Center for Education Statistics. http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  • Program Information Publication System (Part of Program Information on the Web) - One of ED's core purposes is to inform the public about funding opportunities (programs). Currently program information is available on the Web in HTML web pages. ED is developing a central database repository (Program Information Publication System or PIPS) with a web API. ED.gov will call on the PIPS web API to publish program information on the website and provide an online search tool. Customers will be able to find more consistent, up-to-date program information quickly and easily. Information for this initiative is limited to programs authorized and funded under federal law as well as other related efforts, and encompasses several ED offices.

7.2. Mobile

  • G5 Grants Management System - G5 supports the Agency's grant making business process and is a full lifecycle end-to-end grants management system (from intake of applications, peer review, award, payment, performance monitoring and final closeout of the grant award. https://www.g5.gov
  • StudentAid.gov - StudentAid.gov is the first step in a multi-phase project to provide consumers with a one-stop website where they can access federal student aid information, apply for federal aid, repay student loans and navigate the college decision-making process. Whether you're a student, a parent, a borrower in repayment, an educator or a professional engaged in influencing and informing students and borrowers, StudentAid.gov has useful information for you. The site, available in English and Spanish, combines content and interactive tools from several U.S. Department of Education websites and makes it easy for you to find the information you need. It also features videos and infographics to help answer the most frequently asked questions about financial aid accessible via smartphones and tablets. http://www.studentaid.gov
  • Homeroom Blog - Homeroom Blog is the official blog of the Department. The purpose of these blog is to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on education issues.
  • College Navigator - Web-based tool for searching all colleges and universities in the United States. College Navigator consists primarily of the latest data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the core postsecondary education data collection program for the National Center for Education Statistics. http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  • ED.gov - ED.gov is the Department's primary Internet portal and website. As such, it performs the following functions to ensure efficient and expanded public access and communication between the government and citizens: convey the Department's brand and key messages, provide relevant and timely information, hosts sites for ED offices and programs, and provide a unified entry point to other ED resources. http://www.ed.gov/
Department of Justice (DOJ)

2.2 Data

  • ATF Trace Data Report - A key component of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) enforcement mission is the tracing of firearms on behalf of thousands of Federal, State, local and foreign law enforcement agencies. Firearms trace data is critically important information developed by ATF. ATF has prepared the following state-by-state reports utilizing trace data which is intended to provide the public with insight into firearms recoveries.
  • National Sex Offender Website and Database - The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice, is a cooperative effort between jurisdictions hosting public sex offender registries (“Jurisdictions”) and the federal government and is offered free of charge to the public. These Jurisdictions include the 50 states, U.S. Territories, the District of Columbia, and participating tribes. The Website provides an advanced search tool that allows a user to submit a single national query to obtain information about sex offenders; a listing of public registry Web sites by state, territory, and tribe; and information on sexual abuse education and prevention.
  • FOIA.gov - FOIA.gov houses annual Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) data from all agencies subject to the FOIA. This data is collected annually and available to the public as PDF reports or in various machine-readable formats on FOIA.gov.
  • Uniform Crime Report - The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program was conceived in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to meet a need for reliable, uniform crime statistics for the nation. In 1930, the FBI was tasked with collecting, publishing, and archiving those statistics. Today, several annual statistical publications are produced from data provided by nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States.
  • National Crime Victimization Survey - NCVS is the Nation's primary source of information on criminal victimization. Each year, data are obtained from a nationally representative sample of about 40,000 households comprising nearly 75,000 persons on the frequency, characteristics and consequences of criminal victimization in the United States. Each household is interviewed twice during the year. The survey enables BJS to estimate the likelihood of victimization by rape, sexual assault, robbery, assault, theft, household burglary, and motor vehicle theft for the population as a whole as well as for segments of the population such as women, the elderly, members of various racial groups, city dwellers, or other groups. The NCVS provides the largest national forum for victims to describe the impact of crime and characteristics of violent offenders.

7.2. Mobile

  • Justice.gov - The main website of the Department of Justice
  • StopFraud.gov - The website of the President's Financial Fraud Task Force hosting information about the work of the task force as well as resources to about fraud - including prevention tips and where to report crimes if they occur.
  • Civil Rights Division Report a Violation Web Resources - The Civil Rights Division enforces civil rights laws in a wide variety of contexts. This resource directs individuals on how to submit a complaint or report of a potential civil rights violation.
  • Office on Violence Against Women Resource Map - A comprehensive list of national, state, local and tribal resources for victims of violence against women.
Department of Energy (DOE)

2.2 Data

  • ALTERNATIVE FUELING STATION LOCATION DATA - API - The underlying data used to populate the Alternative Fueling Station Locator tool is available via a Web service. This data set is considered the most trusted industry resource for location-based alternative fueling station data because of the long-standing collection process fostered by relationships with industry and fuel providers and its continuous and rigorous vetting process. Using this API, developers can access the data to build their own mobile apps, widgets, or tools. Developers may choose to mash up the station data set with numerous other data sets available on the Web to create useful products to fill industry-specific needs. http://developer.nrel.gov/doc/transportation
  • DOE GREEN ENERGY - This API data service provides green energy results from research and development conducted throughout the Department and by DOE-funded awards at universities. The service allows extraction of two data sets: green energy technical (approximately 40,000) reports and green energy patents (over 2,000). http://www.osti.gov/GreenEnergyXMLManual.pdf
  • Electricity API - The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. The Electricity API project will make this dataset publically available.Beta Site: http://www.eia.gov/beta/api/
  • OpenEI - OpenEI continues to strive to be a global leader in open-data source for energy information--specifically analyses on renewable energy and energy efficiency. The platform is a Wiki, similar to Wikipedias Wiki, which many users are already familiar with and include an API. Users can view, edit, and add data, " and download data for free. https://www.openei.org

7.2. Mobile

  • MOBILE SITE FOR JOBS AT THE ENERGY DEPARTMENT - The site features a searchable data pull from USAJobs of the currently available Energy Department job opportunities. It is updated daily, allowing prospective employees to search for the latest opportunities wherever and whenever they want. In addition to the job search capabilities, there are resources available to the public concerning student, veteran, and other office programs/opportunities.
  • ENERGY.GOV - The Energy Department’s main site, Energy.gov and its contents, are now available on the go. This allows users to access the Energy Departments’ resources over a variety of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets. The American public is becoming increasingly mobile and the Energy department is responding to this demand
  • ENERGY CAREER GAME - This is a fun, fast-paced puzzle/strategy game intended to generate interest and recruit the next generation of individuals and entrepreneurs in the energy industry. In the game, the player is tasked with managing resource networks between cities, power plants, homes, and businesses to provide power to these buildings. The game will educate players about the unique challenges and economic opportunities faced in meeting America’s energy needs and transitioning to a clean energy future. It will give players a better understanding of the career opportunities in the energy sector as well as the Energy Department. The game is being developed for the Department free of charge by college students who are working with the Department’s Office of Human Capital. The game will also incorporate a plug-in that will allow players to post their scores to Facebook. Expected to be ready for beta release by October 2012.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

2.2 Data

  • NASA Data API - The data.nasa.gov API allows a machine-readable interface to return metadata from the site organized by category, tag, date, or search term. We’re hoping this allows new and creative visualizations of the data resources NASA provides to the public. Additionally, it is a learning experience for us as we work to expand transparency, participation, and collaboration at NASA through new uses of technology.
  • ISS Live API - Thousands of data points are downloaded every minute from the Station, and ISS Live! makes a broad set of that data open and accessible. Furthermore, ISS Live! will make an application programming interface (API) available as a web service for external developers to take ISS data and put it into their own websites and mobile applications.
  • ExoAPI - ExoAPI is an ongoing project that extends the accessibility of exoplanetary data by providing an easy to use RESTful API. ExoAPI was created during the NASA Space Apps Challenge by a team of three amazing geniuses who knew nothing about space before they started this...and still don't really. Currently the data is provided by http://exoplanetology.blogspot.com/ who in turn feeds the data from http://exoplanet.eu/. The ExoAPI team plans on extending the API to encompass a wider array of data sources and more interesting space data to reach as many programmers as possible and encourage an explosion of space data based mashups.

7.2. Mobile

  • NASA Apps Store - Provide employees and contractors with access to agency data and systems on the go.
  • WebTADS - WebTADS Mobile is a lighter version of the desktop-based WebTADS developed to provide NASA Civil Servants with the convenience of recording time when they're not in the office or connected via VPN.
  • Visualization Explorer - NASA Visualization Explorer, the coolest way to get stories about advanced space-based research delivered right to your iPad. A direct connection to NASA’s extraordinary fleet of research spacecraft, this app presents cutting edge research stories in an engaging and exciting format.
  • people.nasa.gov - NASA Enterprise Directory (NED) Search
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

2.2 Data

  • Reactor Operating Status Reports - A web-based system that allows the NRC to report on the operating status and power output of commercial power reactors located within the continental United States
  • Power Reactor Daily Event Reports - A web-based system that allows the NRC to report on the daily events and activities occurring at commercial power reactors located within the continental United States
  • Operating Reactor Inspection Reports - A web-based system that allows the NRC to report on observations and findings of inspections occurring at commercial power reactors located within the continental United States
  •   - A web-based system that allows the NRC to report on licensed facilities, activities, or basic component that fail to comply with NRC regulations
  • Part 21 (Component Defect Reports) - A web-based system that allows the NRC to communicate with the public daily on our regulatory activities and events

7.2. Mobile

  • Public Meeting Feedback System - A web-based system that allows the NRC to collect public meeting feedback from meeting attendees
  • Top 5 Most-Accessed Agency Web Pages - A web-based system that allows the NRC to communicate with the public on our regulatory activities and events
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

2.2 Data

  • USAID Portfolio Map - Map depicts the locations of USAID-funded projects to better monitor development results, improve aid effectiveness and coordination, and enhance transparency and social accountability. The map depicts the total number of unique projects at the administrative one boundary level (i.e. region, state, province). For example, a Global Health project may operate in several provinces within a country, in which case it will be given a count of one in each of those provinces. A project count will not be given to a province if that project does not operate there. National projects are depicted across all administrative one boundaries to show the impact of where the work is taking place.
  • Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) - A USAID-funded food security and famine early warning system covering more than 30 of the most food insecure countries in the world
  • U.S. Overseas Loans and Grants (Greenbook) - These data are U.S economic and military assistance by country from 1946 to 2010. This is the authoritative data set of U.S. foreign assistance. The data set is used to report U.S foreign assistance to Congress as required by the Foreign Assistance Act, Section 634.

7.2. Mobile

  • Development Experience Clearinghouse - USAID's Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC) is the largest online resource for USAID funded technical and program documentation, with over 141700 documents available for electronic download. Search USAID's online database of agency-funded technical and program-related documents to download USAID documents in PDF format for free.
  • USAID Portfolio Map - The Portfolio Map is a mobile app for accessing information about the development work USAID is performing every day. The app will give mobile device users the ability to browse our portfolio for a subset of the countries in which USAID is working. The app will provide general country overviews at a glance and also will allow users to access more detailed information as needed.
Department of Defense (DOD)

2.2 Data

  • United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Lockage Data - The Corps Locks website contains lock and vessel specific information derived from the United States Army Corps of Engineers Lock Performance Monitoring System (LPMS).
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Commodity Data - The USACE Commodity system provides commodities information to the Department of Agriculture on a weekly basis.

7.2. Mobile

  • TRICARE Website - Provides TRICARE Coverage Plan information to active and retired Uniformed Services and their families
  • Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) Commissaries Locator - Provides users the closet store hours, directions, contact information, floor plans, etc.
  • Arlington National Cemetery Grave Site Locator - Enables veterans, family members and the public to locate gravesites; generate front and back photos of a headstone or monument; and receive directions to those locations.
Department of the Treasury

2.2 Data

  • Wholesale Securities Services (WSS) - Provides information on recent auction results (issue date, discount rate, investment rate, offer amount), upcoming auctions (auction date, issue date, offer amount), and savings bond rates.
  • Summary Debt Accounting Services - Gives users the ability to find the total public debt outstanding for a specific day or date range. The data components will be useful to feed the Federal Reserve System's FRED.
  • OCC Derviatives and Capital Markets Quarterly Reports - Each quarter, based on information from the Reports of Condition and Income (call reports) filed by all insured U.S. commercial banks and trust companies as well as other published financial data, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency prepares a report. That report describes what the call report information discloses about banks' derivative activities

7.2. Mobile

  • IRS2Go (English) - A smartphone application that lets you interact with the IRS using your mobile device. IRS continues innovation with its award-winning mobile application, IRS2Go. The new version will have improved access to IRS’s online services and may include additional features such as include “Pay your tax bill”, “Learn about your notice”, “Find a form”, “Find an eFile provider”, “Find a practitioner”, “Find a VITA Site nearest you”.
Department of Commerce

2.2 Data

  • Export.gov API - An API that will allow developers access to Export.gov\\\'s events data
  • Census API - Additional economic and demographic data

7.2. Mobile

  • Commerce.gov - Ensuring mobile-optimization of Commerce.gov
  • Census mobile apps - Census will develop 2 additional mobile apps
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

2.2 Data

  • HealthCare Finder API (http://healthdata.gov/data/dataset/healthcare-finder-api) - All of the data used on the Finder.HealthCare.gov web application is available through the API. There are multiple collections of data available through the API including Public Options Data, Individual and Family Health Insurance Options Data, and Small Group Insurance Options Data. Visit http://www.hhs.gov/digitalstrategy/open-data/index.html to learn more about this API.
  • HealthData.gov Catalog API (http://healthdata.gov/catalog-api) - The HealthData.gov API is used to provide software developers with programmatic access to the contents of our data catalog. The API can be used to find recently added datasets, to search the catalog, to download the contents of the catalog for analysis, or to build a new data catalog tool. Visit http://www.healthdata.gov/catalog-api to learn more about this API.

7.2. Mobile

  • Medicare.gov (http://www.medicare.gov/) - Medicare.gov is the consumer website for Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and advocates. The implementation of responsive design on this site allows us to support traditional desktop PCs, tablets, and smartphones all from one URL and code base. Learn more about the redesign process here: http://www.hhs.gov/digitalstrategy/mobile/medicare-responsive-design.html We have made the responsive design code available to the public here: http://www.hhs.gov/digitalstrategy/blog/2012/10/medicare-assets.html
  • HHS Digital Strategy Site (http://www.hhs.gov/digitalstrategy) - HHS uses this website to engage the public, report progress on the implementation of the Digital Government Strategy, showcase digital strategy best practices, and test new technology and tools. Visit http://www.hhs.gov/digitalstrategy/ to learn more.
Department of Transportation (DOT)

2.2 Data

  • Federal Railroad Administration 10 Year Accident Reports - The 10-Year Accident/Incident Report, one of the most requested reports on the Federal Railroad Administration’s website, provides historical statistics on rail-related train accidents, injuries and fatalities, highway-rail crossing collisions and operational information. We will create an API to render all this information in a user-interactive dashboard program.
  • SaferCar.gov Recall and Complaint Data - The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration will make vehicle safety data available in API format. Specifically, we will create an API with safety-related complaints about motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment, including vehicle make, model and year. We will also create an API with recall data for vehicle products that have safety-related defects or do not comply with federal motor vehicle safety standards.

7.2. Mobile

  • SaferCar App - DOT will create a user-friendly iOS smartphone product to streamline access to information on SaferCar.gov, including vehicle 5-star safety ratings; vehicle defects; and the Child Safety Seat Locator. The app will also allow consumers to search and submit vehicle complaints
  • Grade Crossing App - The Federal Railroad Administration is developing an application that will provide users with mobile access to Grade Crossing Information. Users will be able to visualize the rail grade crossings on a map interface, find their own location on the map, and view crossing specific information such as Accident Data and Inventory Reports from FRA’s safety data website.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

2.2 Data

  • Broadcast Public Inspection File - For decades, the public file for each station has been kept at the station’s main studio in paper form (or more recently in electronic form at some stations) and made available during normal business hours. Relying on the advantages of current technology, however, the Commission has now changed its rules to require almost all of this public file information for television stations to be posted online at this site.
  • License View - Spectrum is a national resource. License View provides information on over 3 million FCC issued licenses for use of the nation's airwaves and other purposes.

7.2. Mobile

  • fcc.gov - The entire fcc.gov experience will be a mobile ready application this fall.
  • National Broadband map - The National Broadband Map (NBM) is a searchable and interactive website that allows users to view broadband availability across every neighborhood in the United States. The NBM was created by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), in collaboration with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and in partnership with 50 states, five territories and the District of Columbia. The NBM is part of NTIA's State Broadband Initiative. The NBM is updated approximately every six months and was first published on February 17, 2011.
Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

2.2 Data

  • USAJOBS - Website to post and find federal jobs. By providing an API for USAJOBS, we will make it easier for third parties to (1) provide customized access to job postings (e.g., only those that would be of interest to members of a particular professional organization) or (2) combine job posting with other services or applications (e.g., discussion boards or other social media around federal jobs).
  • Federal Government Operating Status - Provides information on the operating status of federal agencies. Not only do federal employees need to know the operating status of their offices, but also many businesses and other organizations base their operating status decisions on ours. The API for the operating status will make it easier for those organizations and even other federal agencies to make full use of operating status data.

7.2. Mobile

  • USAJOBS - Website to post and find federal jobs. By keeping our popular iOS mobile app up-to-date and creating an Android version, we will better serve more people seeking federal employment.
  • Federal Operating Status - Provides information on the operating status of federal agencies. Not only do federal employees use this information whenever there is bad weather or an unexpected major event such as an earthquake, but local businesses and other organizations often make their own operating status decisions based on the federal government’s decision. Although OPM has never created an application for the operating status, one exists for iOS devices and is sold by a private entity for $0.99. We will make this freely available information also more freely accessible with a mobile application for both iOS and Android devices.


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