Developer Central Links
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In support of the Open Government Initiative, EPA is working to make more of its data publicly available and accessible in a variety of formats. As part of this effort, EPA’s Developer Central provides environmental data in formats popular among developers, along with code samples and other resources that may lower the barriers to developing apps using EPA data. If you are an app user, you can go to EPA’s My Green Apps site to see over 100 existing environmental apps or tell EPA what apps you’d like developers to make.
Developer Central is designed to serve developers of all skill-levels and we encourage visitors to provide feedback, including suggestions for improvement, reports of errors in the code, descriptions of apps using EPA data, and requests for specific data and/or Web services.
Developer Central focuses on promoting EPA data that are available via Web services. If you are interested in bulk data or data not yet Web-service enabled, visit Data.gov. To search the scope of EPA data sources, browse EPA’s Data Finder.
- What is the Open Government Initiative?
According to President Obama's Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, open government means fostering a culture of transparency, participation, and collaboration throughout the government. Please explore how the EPA is achieving the goals set forth by the President at http://www.epa.gov/open/
- What does “featured Web services” mean?
The Developer Central site will highlight well-documented Web services offered by EPA . These data services are made available to developers for integration within websites, mashups, and other applications. Check back often as the “featured Web services” will be updated periodically with new Web services and data.
- What is Envirofacts?
Envirofacts is a single point of access to select U.S. EPA environmental data. This website provides access to several EPA databases to provide you with information about environmental activities that may affect air, water, and land anywhere in the United States. With Envirofacts, you can learn more about these environmental activities in your area or you can generate maps of environmental information. Envirofacts has developed a RESTful data service Application Programming Interface (API) to all of its internal data holdings.
- Where can I search for other EPA data and services?
EPA provides bulk data in machine-readable formats to data.gov and offers a number of other data resources.
- How can I learn about updates to Developer Central?
The best way to stay informed of about new data, services, and sample code offered on Developer Central is to sign-up to receive updates from our listserv.
- Has EPA developed any mobile apps?
Yes. EPA has developed a completely mobile version of its website at: http://m.epa.gov. Under the “Apps” section you will find numerous apps that have been developed for devices such as the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
- If I develop an app that uses EPA data, will EPA highlight the app on Developer Central?
Possibly. EPA will need to review the app to ensure that it contains appropriate content. The application would also need to be open and available for others to use. Please review our criteria for highlighting third-party apps.
- If I find errors in your code or have other technical difficulties, whom should I contact?
Please contact EPA through the Developer Central “Contact Us” page located at: http://www.epa.gov/developer/contact.html. If you provide your contact information within the form, we will let you know once the error has been resolved.
- If I have a suggestion for how to improve Developer Central, whom should I contact?
Please contact EPA through the Developer Central “Contact Us” page located at: http://www.epa.gov/developer/contact.html. We greatly appreciate all suggestions provided to Developer Central, as we strive to meet the needs of the developer community.