Posted at 5:42 PM
Cross post by Kimberly Becht, Deputy Program Manager for Web Presence in the International Trade Administration.
In support of President Obama’s Open Government Initiative and the Commerce Department’s strategic plan, the International Trade Administration (ITA) has taken a major step in making its data open and accessible to the public through its Trade Developer Portal.
Announced today by Secretary Pritzker, the portal is a collection of application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow software developers to create web and mobile applications using information produced by ITA and other trade promotion agencies.
Making its data public to software developers is one more way ITA is helping U.S. businesses export and enabling foreign investment in American companies through the use of cutting edge technologies.
The Trade Developer Portal helps fulfill the Department’s top priority of making federal data open and available to third party developers in order to foster economic growth.
Currently, the developer portal includes:
- access to information about trade events;
- market research;
- trade leads;
- locations of domestic and international export assistance centers; and
- trade news and articles.
Our developer portal can help developers show country-specific pages based on U.S. government data.
Over the next few months, we plan to add APIs around business opportunities, tariff information for goods and services covered under Free Trade Agreements, and frequent questions asked by exporters. We are continuously adding and enriching data sets with the long-term goal of sharing all publicly disseminated information produced by ITA and other trade promotion agencies.
Through the portal, we will engage developers by showcasing applications, providing access to our data owners, and soliciting input to help us improve the quality of public data. The picture on the left is just one example of what can be done using the information currently available in our Trade Developer Portal.
If you have any questions about the portal or need assistance using our APIs, please let us know. We are excited to partner with you in the next phase of the open data revolution!