API Webinar Series: Advanced Technical Overview—Formats, Keys, Analytics

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ben Balter, MyGov
Census Bureau API Team
Mike Reich, Seabourne Consulting

On-Demand Webinar  

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In the fifth installment of our API webinar series, the focus will shift to a technical overview of APIs. Practitioners from the Census Bureau and FCC, as well as one of the Presidential Innovation Fellows, will provide an overview and government-focused guidance for the common technical decisions involved in API production.
The focus will be on API formats, keys, analytics, documentation, and scalability, but during the question-and-answer session there will be plenty of time to answer any agency-specific questions you have. This webinar will be moderated by Gray Brooks, Senior API Strategist, at GSA's Digital Services Innovation Center.

What You'll Learn 

  • The benefits of different API formats
  • When API keys are needed and when they aren't
  • Guidance for API analytics and documentation
  • How to deal with issues of scalability

About the Presenters 

Ben Balter is a Gov 2.0 evangelist working to modernize federal government, an open–source developer passionate about the disruptive power of technology, and a J.D./M.B.A. candidate at the George Washington University. Currently, Ben is a Presidential Innovation Fellow, working on the 'MyGov' technology program.
Ben previously worked at the OMB and the CFPB and served as a New Media Fellow at the FCC. At the FCC, he played a central role in the renovation of FCC.gov and several other priority initiatives.

The Census Bureau API team released the agency's first major set of Web services in July, 2012 to widespread acclaim. The project provides access to the 2010 Census and 2006-2010 American Community Survey and quickly began growing in popularity, with thousands of developer keys being issued within the first weeks.
Mike Reich serves as a lead API Architect for the FCC.gov redesign and related projects. After leaving a career as an environmental consultant in the Pacific Northwest, Mike ended up in Washington, DC, via Australia. Realizing that technology offers a huge potential to radically improve how people interact with each other an the world, Mike started Seabourne as an incubator for great technology ideas. Since 2009, Seabourne has grown to become a DC centered startup doing development work in Drupal, PHP, and Ruby on Rails.


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