June 27, 2011

Why are we getting congress API from NYTimes, not Government?


NYTimes recently wrote an article about information bottleneck with regards to FOIA request response. While I agree with many of their argument of agencies not being efficient or consistent across different entities, I could not help but thinking why am I getting many government data through NYTimes APIs.

Government agencies are receiving more than 600,000 FOIA requests annually. Instead of processing each of them every single time, I think they can do study on what are the most popular data sets then start building APIs around those contents. I hope in the near future, we all enjoy many cool apps made out of government APIs.