At your (data) service
We really want to make it easy for developers to make great green apps. Check out these data services and share how you might use them to make apps.
1. EPA has developed a RESTful data service API to the data holdings in the Envirofacts database. Envirofacts is a centralized data warehouse that provides access to EPA’s major databases. The new data service API provides users with the ability to query any table in Envirofacts through the use of a URL. The default output is in XML, which can be utilized in other applications and in tools such as Microsoft Excel or Access. You can also output the data in CSV and Excel formats by adjusting the URL. The entire Envirofacts database metadata is available online, so all tables and columns within Envirofacts are documented. Having the table structures available in this manner makes most of Envirofacts data easily available through the service. Try out the Envirofacts data and the RESTful service API and send us your feedback. If you’re already using the API in your application, please let us know.
2. The Federal Communications Commission has listed 25 developer resource hubs from across the federal government at http://www.fcc.gov/developers. We’ve included the entire list here as well:
- Department of Education
- Department of Labor
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
- Commerce – Automated Export System
- Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Federal Aviation Administration
- Federal Register
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- National Library of Medicine
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- National Weather Service
- Small Business Administration
- Social Security Administration
- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
- U.S. Courts – PACER
- U.S. Geological Survey
- HHS – Medicare
- HHS – Health Indicator Warehouse
3. But wait, there’s more! Brighter Planet created greendreams to accelerate the burgeoning green app developer community. A great number of environmental APIs have emerged, but it’s not always clear exactly what they’re for or how to use them. The greendreams app shows how to construct a request and executes it live in the browser, so you can see how it works end to end. The project is open source and they’re actively adding additional APIs.
Check them out and tell us what you think!
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