Monday, February 10, 2014

Data.Gov – Apps

Apple store or Play Store….where do you go to download apps?  I for one, use Play Store.   I am also one of those who will not pay for an application.  So, if it is not for free, than it is not getting downloaded.  I have higher financial priorities. So, imagine my delight to find a whole new avenue of free applications.

Data.Gov has a whole section on applications that have been developed using the datasets readily available to the public.  There are tons of applications.  The “Mom Maps” helps moms find family fun places and kid friendly locations on the go.  “RAIDS Online” is a crime mapper that gives the public a better idea of the activity in their area.  There are apps that provide information regarding school districts, travel/leisure opportunities as well as one that will calculate how much of a carbon footprint you create.  The list of applications seemed endless.
What a wonderful resource.  Why didn’t I know about this before?
The main drawback that I see in using this source is the inability to search for a particular app or app type.  You have to scroll through applications to find what you are looking for.  Of course, this is a way to find out what you didn’t know was out there and available… If you have the time.


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