Over the past year and a half, the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the New York State Senate has worked to promote openness and transparency through the use of technology. Our goal is both to serve the needs of the Senate as an institution and also develop examples that other government bodies in New York and around the country can use, adapt and implement to further open up our government. Today, we’re taking the next step that effort by introducing the New York State Senate Developers Network.
The purpose of the network is to help any technologist interested in how technology is used in the Senate to easily find what they’re looking for, and to be able to interact directly with Senate technology staff. We hope that such a network of developers will leverage the work that the Senate is already doing, both to serve their own needs and also to create more public benefit, at no additional cost to taxpayers. We have created a Google Group Mailing List as well as an Internet Really Chat (IRC) at irc.freenode.net #NYSSDev to help and facilitate the discussion between our staff and all that are interested in talking with us.
In addition to the mailing lists and IRC room, we are also proud to announce the alpha release of our NYSenate.gov Application Programing Interface (API). We hope that by providing a developer API to the treasure trove of information we have available on our website that technologists throughout New York State and the country will be able to create new and interesting tools for the public.
Along with our discussion groups and API, the New York State Senate Developers Network also provides a listing of RSS feeds available on our website as well as links to the Source Code that we have made available for our various projects, along with as our existing Open Legislation API.