As part of the Obama administration's Open Government Initiative, the Department of Labor has launched a new site featuring APIs and SDKs to help developers better use DOL data in apps.
The U.S. Department of has launched a set of new online tools for software
developers to tap into DOL data for use in applications.
The DOL's new first-of-its-kind federal Website is aimed at making it easier
for software developers to incorporate Labor Department data into online and
mobile applications. The site features published APIs (application program
interfaces) and SDKs (software development kits) that enable developers to
remotely access data collected by the department.
The tools, available at http://developer.dol.gov
are part of the Labor Department's ongoing efforts to increase transparency,
participation and collaboration through the administration's Open Government
Initiative, Labor Department officials said.
"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, in a statement. "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."
APIs and SDKs allow registered developers, when writing software programs,
to perform live queries against data, which helps ensure they have up-to-date
information and lessens the data file size limitations for those accessing
applications from mobile devices, DOL officials said.
The site currently features seven APIs providing access to items ranging
from employment and wage data gathered by the Labor Department's Bureau of
Labor Statistics to details of inspections conducted by the department's Wage
and Hour Division and its Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Additional data will be added each week. SDKs are available for BlackBerry,
Android, iOS and .NET platforms.
Developers and end users can connect with the DOL at: