Join Joseph Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding public sector APIs, part of Up and Running with Cloud Service APIs.
…So far in this course.…We've examined API's for specific devices.…Social media companies and corporate entities.…In this chapter we'll take a look.…At one of the broadest and most accessible cross sections.…API's for the public sector.…Just to clarify by public sector I'm talking about government.…Primary federal but also state, local, and city.…Because our government is of the people, what they produce is publicly available.…And increasingly what they produce is information.…
In general, access to public information via APIs is more available and simpler to…work with than some of the other APIs that we covered in this course.…In my experience, few agencies require full developer registration, most…don't even ask for a API key at this time anyway.…And all are available at no cost.…Again, the caveat being as of this recording.…API operations are similarly straightforward.…HTTP based REST interfaces are by far the most common, perhaps because they're…so easy to use there doesn't seen to be any need or demand even, for SDKs.…
First, there are the popular Google cloud services and device-specific APIs for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Then there are APIs to connect to followers on platforms like Facebook and Twitter and even pull images from Flickr. For some really interesting data, Joe shows how to access corporate APIs from companies like Citrix and General Motors. (Imagine getting vehicle data straight from GM.) Last, he shows how to leverage public sector APIs and mine data from the national census, weather bureaus, and even federal job boards. Learn how to make your web projects stand out with cloud services.
- Working with Google Cloud APIs
- Connecting to mobile devices via APIs
- Interfacing with Facebook and managing a Twitter feed
- Utilizing the Google infrastructure in your own apps
- Working with the General Motors API
- Understanding public sector APIs