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FCC Unveils Community Website for ‘Citizen Developers’

Photo: V. Proffer
Photo: V. Proffer

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday introduced four new application programming interfaces that make FCC data available as web services, and unveiled a community website for “citizen developers” that provides code and tools for using the data sets.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the APIs and website at the Gov 2.0 Summit at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. He described the APIs and site as representing the next steps in the commission’s transparency plan.

The developer site will also feature a discussion forum, blog, featured data sets, and links to social media.

According to InformationWeek Government, FCC Managing Director Steven VanRoekel said the goal is to operate FCC.gov/developer with the same “agility, responsiveness, and innovation” as leading commercial websites. VanRoekel said a redesign of FCC.gov is underway and should be completed by the end of the year.

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