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Promoting self-developed applications through open government and application interfaces (API)
One way that the United States is embracing mobile is through the release of hundreds of application interfaces (APIs) that can be used by private-sector developers to create new applications and services. These APIs encompass government datasets such as home and business energy trends, real-time earthquake notifications around the world and the current weather on Mars transmitted from the Curiosity Rover. To facilitate the creation of new apps, each government agency has released its own developer pages and Data.gov launched a government-wide API directory so these resources are easier to find and use. These moves were further supported by President Obama’s recently executive order and open data policy making open and machine-readable the new default for government data. The federal government also created the Mobile Application Development Program to help agencies launch mobile apps.