The Department of Labor has launched a new site with a set of online tools to help software developers incorporate agency data into online and mobile applications.
The site, developer.dol.gov, publishes APIs and SDKs, which allow developers to remotely access data collected by the department. The tools are part of the agency’s efforts to increase transparency and collaboration through the administration’s Open Government Initiative.
“While a handful of other federal agencies are making data available through one or more APIs, the inclusion of SDKs is a federal first,” said Deputy Secretary of Labor Seth Harris. “By doing so, we’re lowering the technical barriers and providing developers of all experience levels the opportunity to turn good ideas into powerful software applications for the American public.”
The site has seven APIs including ones on employment wage data to details of inspections. Additional data is expected to be added each week. The SDKs are available for Blackberry, Android, iOS and .NET platforms.