We welcome your suggestions for additions to the list below! Send them our way via the discussion group and we'll be quick to add it below if we agree it would be helpful to other contest participants.
School & education data
- National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data via Factual
"Part of the United States Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) that collects, analyzes, and publishes statistics on education and public school district finance information in the U.S.."
Government education data including demographics, expense/student, etc via Factual (thanks to Iridescent!)
NYC school data extracted by Factual
From Insideschools.org, NYC Dept of Ed, and SchoolMatters.
Los Angeles school crime data
"This form allows you to search the schools of the Los Angeles Unified School District for crime/incident statistics for the last 6 fiscal years, 2001-2007 . Fiscal years are from (July 01 to June 30). Most schools are listed, however some Child Care Centers, Special/Charter Schools, Adult Schools, etc., may not be listed due to the conversion process."
California School Technology Survey
"Data from the California School Technology Survey. The survey was designed and administered by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP) to assess the availability and distribution of educational technology resources in California's K-12 public schools."
NCES Common Core of Data (CCD)
"A program of the U.S. Dept of Ed's NCES that annually collects fiscal and non-fiscal data about all public schools, public school districts and state education agencies in the U.S.. The data are supplied by state education agency officials and include information that describes schools and school districts, including name, address, and phone number; descriptive information about students and staff, including demographics; and fiscal data, including revenues and current expenditures."
Other local data
"U.S. cities, counties, zip codes, and neighborhoods are profiled and compared using data about race, income, education, crime, weather, housing, maps, air pollution, religions and any other information deemed vital. Contains detailed information and articles about other features of local interest, such as schools and their demographics and test scores, hospitals, libraries, tourist attractions, local businesses, restaurant inspection findings, building permits, bridge conditions, hotels, water systems, airports, cell phone towers, property tax assessments, and car accidents."
- Factual's local businesses points of interest
13M U.S. entities
The API returns the measured walkability score for any latitude and longitude in the U.S.
"Increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. Provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets."
Useful services, tools and references
Map APIs: Bing, Google
SimpleGeo: "API Tools and SDKs make it possible for developers to take their location-aware app ideas from sketch to launch in much less time, with far less complexity."
ProgrammableWeb "Keeping you up to date with APIs, mashups and the Web as platform." Directory of >3K APIs and >5K Mashups.