"I want us to ask ourselves every day, how are we using technology to make a real difference in people's lives."
-President Barack Obama
On May 23, 2012, the President issued a directive entitled “Building a 21st Century Digital Government”. It launched a comprehensive Digital Government Strategy (pdf/html5) aimed at delivering better digital services to the American people. The strategy builds on several initiatives, including Executive Order 13571, Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service, and Executive Order 13576, Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government.
As part of President Obama's pledge for greater governmental transparency, Data.gov was launched in 2009 with 47 datasets of government information that was previously unavailable to the public. The motivation was that this data belongs to the American people, who should not only have theinformation, but have the ability to use it. It was hoped that by tapping the collective knowledge of the American people, we could leverage this government asset to deliver more for millions of people. Today, there are more than 375,000 datasets available, which have been downloaded 2.9 million times. More than 1,250 governments apps have been developed using this data – 103 of them are for mobile usage. Citizens have used the data to develop 236 apps.
We’re making government data freely available in machine-readable formats so that innovators and entrepreneurs can turn them into new products, services, and jobs. The feeds below provide access to data and content produced by the White House.
We the People API
The We the People API currently provides read-only access to data within We the People, the White House petitions system. This API provides access to data on all petitions that passed the 150 signature threshold required to become publicly-available on the site. A bulk download of the same dataset is also available.
White House Web API Standards (GitHub Repo)
This document provides guidelines and examples for White House Web APIs, encouraging consistency, maintainability, and best practices across applications. Pull requests welcome.
- Blog (RSS)
- Press Articles (RSS)
- White House Schedule (RSS)
- Photo Gallery (RSS)
- LIVE Video Stream (RSS)
- Video (RSS)
- Speeches & Events: Video / Audio (RSS / Podcast)
- Weekly Address: Video / Audio (RSS / Podcast)
- Press Briefing: Video / Audio (RSS / Podcast)
- Policy Snapshots JSON Feed (JSON)
We believe in using and contributing back to open source software as a way of making it easier for the government to share data, improve tools and services, and return value to taxpayers. Below are a few of the projects that the White House has contributed back to the open source community.
User profile: whitehouse
User profile: whitehouse
- Context HTTP Headers
- Form Manager
- GovDelivery Integration
- IMCE SWFUpload
- IMCE Tools
- Node Embed
- Short URL
Learn about WhiteHouse.gov's technology development by reading blog posts below. Send us feedback on our use of web technology and participation in the open source community.
- March 25, 2015 at 12:04 PM EDT
- March 24, 2015 at 6:58 PM EDT
- March 24, 2015 at 9:29 AM EDT
- March 23, 2015 at 5:51 PM EDT
Download the App on Your Device
New versions of the White House apps for the iPhone and Android were recently released after being rebuilt with several new features. For the first time, these apps are fully compatible with the iPad and Android tablets.