This year, NYC BigApps 2013 is expanding its data resource base to help participants create the best possible apps to improve the lives of New Yorkers. Participants now can use three types of eligible data in their submitted apps.
You can pick at least one data set from NYC Open Data or other approved federal, state, city and private data sets and APIs as listed below. You can generate at least one new, original data set through your app. Or you can mix and match any of these approaches.
We will continue to add new eligible data sets or APIs after the competition’s launch. Please check this page frequently for updates.
If you’d like to suggest an additional data set or API please complete this form.
Include one or more of the below approved data sets or APIs in your submitted app. These data sets and APIs below include NYC Open Data and other public and private data sources approved for competition use due to their relevancy to New York City and/or this year’s BigIssues.
Generate a new, high-quality data set through your submitted app that provides a significant benefit to New York City residents, businesses, visitors, and/or government. Data must be original, verifiable, and directly gathered by the creators or users of the submitted app. The exact data-gathering methodology must also be fully-disclosed. Complete information and requirements for generating new data sets can be found here.
The NYC OpenData platform features over a thousand public data sets from City agencies, Commissions, and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). The data sets are available in a variety of machine-readable formats, including APIs, making it easier than ever to consume City data. The platform allows you to search for data in a variety of ways and includes metadata to provide helpful context. You can search data sets relevant to each BigIssue by using the following tags in the keyword search: “lifelong learning,” “healthy living,” “cleanweb,” and “jobs and economic mobility.” Please note that these searches may not be exhaustive and that you are welcome to use any data sets you see on NYC OpenData even if not tagged with any of the above labels.
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PediaCities is an open data commons of New York City that makes it easier to find, slice and dice vast troves of open data from the City and other sources. PediaCities normalizes data from different sources and serves it up in curated bites, saving the developer valuable time and enabling even cooler data mashups. Check back with PediaCities often - we will be adding new datasets throughout the competition.
New York State's Open Data Portal brings together local, state and federal data in one place. Search the site's datasets by location or subject, or explore featured datasets and the full catalogue.
New York City Metro Transit Authority (MTA) now allows you to use its schedule data for your website, feed reader, or application. MTA provides transit information in the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) format.
Checkbook NYC 2.0 provides unprecedented access into how New York City spends its nearly $70 billion annual budget. All data present in Checkbook NYC 2.0 is available through the API, except for visualizations. By default API calls will retrieve up to a maximum of 1000 records per call. You can retrieve a fewer number of records by specifying the "max_records" parameter. If you want to retrieve all the records you can make multiple calls by varying the value of the starting record position using the "records_from" parameter. All data is sent and received using XML Formats and should be sent using an HTTP POST request. The API endpoint is http://www.checkbooknyc.com/data-feeds
As a priority Open Government Initiative for President Obama's administration, Data.gov increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. Data.gov provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets. The data catalogs will continue to grow as datasets are added. Federal, Executive Branch data are included in the first version of Data.gov.
8coupons is a hub for buying, organizing, and creating deals of all types. The 8coupons API gives developers access to the full feature set of the 8coupons site. 8coupons brings together all the deals from neighborhood restaurants, bars, salons, and stores so users can find the best deals nearby. The API provides methods such as retrieving dealer types, getting deals by location, getting deals by store ID and more. The API uses a RESTful style and responses are formatted in JSON.
Aviary makes an easy-to-use photo editing API for web and mobile apps. Our API allows developers to focus exclusively on making great apps, while enabling their users to make amazing photos.
The bitly API allows you to shorten links, track analytics on links, and much more. Wrap your shareable URLs and get stats, find out who and how many people click on other links, and make any URL a trackable object. Have fun, and let us know what we can help you build!)
CartoDB is a cloud powered database, mapping, analysis and visualization engine that allows application developers to rapidly deploy location aware applications, add interactivity to maps, and perform a wide set of spatial operations, all without the hassle of back ends.
The CareerBuilder APIs allow you to integrate our database of over 1.5 million jobs with your software or website. The various APIs provide services for basic job searching, retrieving data for a specific job, and applying to a job. These services are free to use and available to anyone. CareerBuilder API is still under development and is subject to change at any time.
Carpoolworld brings people together for ridesharing, using a pioneering search engine that matches individuals based on their trip origins and destinations, anywhere on the planet. The Carpoolworld API gives developers access to the web site's essential functions to create trips, find matches, and contact potential travel partners. The API is developed using the RESTful style. Responses are formatted in XML.
The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is dedicated to providing immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions. Our highly structured and tightly supervised programs help participants regain the skills and confidence needed for successful transitions to stable, productive lives. CEO's Vision Is That Anyone With A Recent Criminal History Who Wants To Work Has The Preparation And Support Needed To Find A Job And To Stay Connected To The Labor Force.
CollegeRecruiter.com is the leading niche job board for college students searching for internships and recent graduates hunting for entry-level jobs and other career opportunities. CollegeRecruiter.com features over 25,000 pages of articles, Ask the Experts questions and answers, blogs, and videos and over 100,000 internship and entry-level job posting ads.
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on our site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you.
Our simple JSON API allows developers to help classroom projects with their website or application. It serves up project titles, descriptions, classroom photos, geo-tags, full teacher-written essays, and more. It can also be used to issue gift cards so your end-users can support a classroom of their choosing. The API has been used by SONIC Drive-In, NBC Universal, Bing, PayPal, Chevron, Starbucks and others to build customized cause marketing and community engagement experiences.
The eBay API allows you communicate directly with the eBay database in XML format. By using the API, your application can provide a custom interface, functionality and specialized operations not otherwise afforded by the eBay interface. Submit items for listing on eBay; get the current list of eBay categories; view information about items listed on eBay; get high bidder information for items you are selling; retrieve lists of items a particular user is currently selling through eBay; retrieve lists of items a particular user has bid on; display eBay listings on other sites; leave feedback about other users at the conclusion of a commerce transaction; and more.
Etsy is the world's handmade marketplace, offering more than 10 million handmade, vintage, and crafting supply items from more than 800,000 sellers. Our API gives you access to our marketplace and community. Help us connect buyers with items they'll love!
The Foursquare API lets you do all the things you could do on the Foursquare mobile application and website. Your users can check in, view their history, see where their friends are, create tips and lists, search for and learn more about venues, and access specials and recommendations. Just need a database of places? The Venues Platform allows developers to search for places and access a wealth of information about them, including addresses, popularity, tips, and photos. It's available free and without any user authentication, as long as applications include adequate attribution.
The Human Services Council (HSC) represents the providers of human services to New York's vulnerable populations, from aging/child care and mental/physical health services to community development, employment and training, and homelessness programs. Among HSC's many focus areas are public policy and advocacy, and improving technology and processes to make government contracting more efficient. These efforts enhance public recognition of the sector, improve its effectiveness and financial stability, and have a long-term positive impact on the well-being of New Yorkers in need. Our member agencies provide critical programs across New York City and we encourage you to use our data set, which includes the location of nonprofits in New York and the services they provide at each location, to assist people in finding the services they need.
Indeed is the #1 job site worldwide, with over 70 million unique visitors and 1.5
billion job searches per month. Indeed is available in more than 50 countries and 26
languages, covering 94% of global GDP.
Since 2004, Indeed has given job seekers free access to millions of jobs from
thousands of company websites and job boards. As the leading pay-for-performance
recruitment advertising network, Indeed drives millions of targeted applicants to jobs
in every field and is the most cost-effective source of candidates for thousands of
Khan Academy is a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
Students can make use of our extensive video library, interactive challenges, and assessments from any computer with access to the web, or through any app that you create using our API.
Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) is the only nonprofit organization in New York dedicated to empowering those without lawyers with the legal information, support, and resources needed to successfully self-advocate in Family Courts.
Lehman Community Connect is a new map-based open data portal with a focus on all things Bronx. Developed by Lehman College/CUNY with Socrata, the portal aims to create a "digital public square" and foster collaborative discovery on topics such as education, sustainability and health, among others. Join us to engage students, researchers and the public in connecting the Bronx to enrich teaching, learning and community service initiatives.
LinkUp job search engine searches over 25,000 company websites daily and finds all the jobs for you, building an up-to-date list of the best jobs on the Internet, the jobs that often are only advertised on company websites. As a result, the jobs on LinkUp are never outdated, duplicated, or contain fake or scam listings.
Meetup's mission is to revitalize local community and help people self-organize. New York City already has more meetups than anywhere else, with the potential for many more. If your project to make NYC better includes bringing people together, we've got the platform.
You already know that NYTimes.com is an unparalleled source of news and information. But it's a premier source of data, too — why just read the news when you can hack it? The Times APIs allow you to work with rich sets of Times data, including article metadata and abstracts, movie reviews and best-seller lists, and NYTimes.com user comments.
NewsBlur is an RSS feed reader with intelligence. Find out what tags, authors, and keywords people like and dislike in feeds. Pull stories from multiple feeds.
The easiest way to accept payments with PayPal for websites that run on a mobile device, tablet, or PC. Copy and paste a short HTML snippet on your website. You can add payment buttons or a shopping cart. Building an iOS app? PayPal’s SDKs are 100% native and the easiest way to add payments. And our REST APIs offer powerful integration for developers for accepting simple payments using PayPal or credit cards.
HIV Care Services (HIVCS), a program of Public Health Solutions, is the Master Contractor for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH). HIVCS administers approximately $130 million in Ryan White Part A care and treatment funding for HIV/AIDS and federal and City funding for HIV prevention services from the Centers for Disease Control and the City of New York.
This dataset of publicly funded service sites allows you to build an app to help clients or social service providers search for a Ryan White or HIV Prevention-funded program in New York City by category, borough, or any of the other fields in the dataset.
Developers must acknowledge in their app that this data was provided by Public Health Solutions, complete an
online form indicating their contact information prior to accessing the data, and notify HIV Care Services by sending an email to [email protected] if they use the data.
The SeatGeek API is the world's largest catalog of ticketed live events. Our API provides all relevant information about sports, concert and entertainment events in NYC and North America more broadly, with additional functionality such as direct ticketing links and a recommendations feature that will recommend upcoming events in a given area based on artist preferences that are submitted to the API.
With the Shapeways 3D Printing API, developers can now make apps that make products. They can build web, mobile, and desktop applications to create and upload 3D models to the Shapeways marketplace. Those models can be purchased by members of the Shapeways community.
Simply Hired's jobs XML API lets web publishers use our database of 8-10M jobs to develop custom job search sites, job widgets, mashups, and career-related internet applications. The data available through the Simply Hired API is derived from job listings aggregated from thousands of career websites and an advanced job search algorithm. Publishers/developers are eligible to participate in our affiliate program, which pays every time a visitor clicks a sponsored job. For access to our Job Search API, please create a Job-a-matic job board and view the "XML API" tab for complete documentation.
Single Stop USA is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals build economic security. We offer a unique “one-stop” program that combines benefits screening and application assistance with tax preparation, legal assistance and financial counseling. This data set is a list of Single Stop USA sites in New York. It includes geographic coordinates and hours of operation. This data set is hosted and wrangled by NYC Facets.
Twilio is powering the future of business communications, enabling voice, VoIP, and messaging to be embedded into applications. We virtualize all infrastructure needed in a cloud-based, global environment, exposed through our communications API platform. Applications are simple to build and scalable. Enjoy flexibility with pay-as-you go pricing, and benefit from cloud reliability.
Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. The Twitter API allows easy programmatic access to the Twitter stream and related information.
Yelp connects people with great local businesses. Through the Yelp API, you can access ratings and review counts, business contact information, and excerpts of recent reviews either for specific businesses or by keyword and category searches, bringing the best local guide for real word-of-mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists to your site or mobile app.
Yipit aggregates and recommends the best daily deals, based on a user's location and preferences. Our API enables developers to build applications atop the Yipit platform, which provides access to over 200 easily filtered active deals for NY-based businesses each day! We encourage NYC BigApps contestants to integrate the Yipit API into your applications, and we look forward to seeing the new and interesting ways you use it.
Zemanta is an exciting content creation tool that helps you build more relevant content by recommending related content (such as images, photos, articles, links and tags) while you write. BigApps contestants can use the Zemanta API for both semantic entity extraction and related content, with a single API call.
OpenEI is a knowledge sharing online community dedicated to connecting people with the latest information and data on energy resources from around the world.
NREL’s PVWatts calculates the energy production and cost savings of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) energy systems. This service estimates the performance of hypothetical residential and small commercial PV installations.
Carbon Calculated is an open platform of carbon data, and carbon and energy management software solutions for CRC, EU-ETS, ISO14064 & CDP.