Bill Brantley

Bill Brantley

Dr. Bill Brantley, PMP works at the Office of Personnel Management. He can be reached at William.brantley@opm.gov.

The API Briefing:  Mapping Food Deserts – The USDA Economic Research Service’s GIS Map Services

The API Briefing: Mapping Food Deserts – The USDA Economic Research Service’s GIS Map Services

Food deserts are areas where residents have little or no access to nutritional food. Food deserts exist because of low-incomes, lack of transportation, or too few stores that stock produce and other healthy food items. Governments from the local level to federal have implemented grant programs to encourage grocery store construction in the food deserts. […]

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Read More →The API Briefing: Mapping Food Deserts – The USDA Economic Research Service’s GIS Map Services

The API Briefing: RealTrack – How Hackathons Help Create Apps from APIs

The API Briefing: RealTrack – How Hackathons Help Create Apps from APIs

Once a federal agency releases an API, there are several ways they can be used in apps. The most common method is through hackathons. Hackathons are where an agency or agencies present the API(s) and invite developers to create prototype apps. The apps are then presented to subject matter experts for suggestions on creating the final […]

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Read More →The API Briefing: RealTrack – How Hackathons Help Create Apps from APIs

Lean Startup: Changing Government Services and Agencies to Better Serve the Citizens

Lean Startup: Changing Government Services and Agencies to Better Serve the Citizens

It is easy to start a business today and especially an Internet-based business. Using the cloud, APIs, and hosted applications, an entrepreneur can quickly build a website/mobile app. The entrepreneur can hire freelancers to do everything from creating a logo to writing a business plan. Virtual assistant services can provide on-demand staff to meet business […]

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Read More →Lean Startup: Changing Government Services and Agencies to Better Serve the Citizens

The API Briefing:  How APIs Provide Localized Information – NOAA’s Weather Service Data and FCC’s Broadband Services Map

The API Briefing: How APIs Provide Localized Information – NOAA’s Weather Service Data and FCC’s Broadband Services Map

The two featured APIs this week are excellent demonstrations of personalizing federal government data by where a user lives. Federal agencies collect a considerable amount of community data, from the Census Bureau’s surveys to the FDA’s local agricultural conditions. Thanks to GPS, app developers can locate a user’s immediate geographical location and tailor information based […]

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Read More →The API Briefing: How APIs Provide Localized Information – NOAA’s Weather Service Data and FCC’s Broadband Services Map

The API Briefing: APIs Come In Many (Data) Flavors

The API Briefing: APIs Come In Many (Data) Flavors

This week, we will look at three different APIs that demonstrate how agencies use different technologies to serve out data. Presenting data in various formats encourages developers to build on federal APIs. As past columns have shown, the innovative apps created with federal data are quickly growing. The latest API news this week is how […]

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The API Briefing:  The Census Bureau’s Discovery Tool – Find the Right API for Your App

The API Briefing: The Census Bureau’s Discovery Tool – Find the Right API for Your App

The Census Bureau recently released a “machine-readable dataset discovery service” that lists 41 Census data sets. It’s in spreadsheet form and gives a description of the datasets along with links to the API and developer documentation. What makes the discovery service machine readable is that’s based on Project Open Data’s “Common Core Metadata Schema” that […]

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Read More →The API Briefing: The Census Bureau’s Discovery Tool – Find the Right API for Your App

The API Briefing: Department of State’s Model App – Education USA

The API Briefing: Department of State’s Model App – Education USA

Not only does the Department of State have a great set of APIs, State also has an excellent example of how to build an informative and useful app. EducationUSA is a network of State Department advisers who help international students apply for U.S. university programs. The EducationUSA app has the most popular resources and services […]

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Read More →The API Briefing: Department of State’s Model App – Education USA

The API Briefing: Quick Guide to Using GitHub – FDA’s OpenFDA Research Project

The API Briefing: Quick Guide to Using GitHub – FDA’s OpenFDA Research Project

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just released the OpenFDA Research Project. At the heart of the project is the OpenFDA API, which allows developers to perform searches on FDA’s drug information database. Coming soon is the ability to search FDA information on medical devices and information about food. Visit the FDA’s API Basics page […]

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Read More →The API Briefing: Quick Guide to Using GitHub – FDA’s OpenFDA Research Project

The API Briefing:  NARA’s Federal Register API – Learning How APIs Work

The API Briefing: NARA’s Federal Register API – Learning How APIs Work

Application programming interfaces (APIs) can be confusing when people first hear of the concept. There are the many acronyms like REST (Representational State Transfer) and JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) that further obscure what APIs do. The idea behind APIs is quite simple: APIs are how computer programs share information between themselves. You can experience this for […]

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Read More →The API Briefing: NARA’s Federal Register API – Learning How APIs Work

The API Briefing:  NIH’s Pillbox – Unlocking Valuable Government Health Information through APIs

The API Briefing: NIH’s Pillbox – Unlocking Valuable Government Health Information through APIs

The Food and Drug Administration collects drug labeling information for human prescription, over-the-counter, homeopathic, and veterinary products through a special markup language called “Structured Product Labeling” (SPL).  The database created from the SPL submissions is a treasure trove of health information that is valuable to pharmacists, doctors, and the ordinary health consumer. The problem is […]

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Read More →The API Briefing: NIH’s Pillbox – Unlocking Valuable Government Health Information through APIs

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