Open government data powers software applications that help people make informed decisions – from choosing financial aid options for college to finding the safest consumer products and vehicles. While we can’t and don’t endorse specific apps, below are just a few examples of government, citizen, and business tools that: use open government data from the United States; are accessible, vetted, and available; and are, for the majority, free and do not require registration to use. Submit application suggestions at here.

For more examples of applications made with open government data see Civic Commons and USA.gov’s Federal Mobile Apps Directory.


AIRNow

AIRNow

The AIRNow mobile application provides you real-time air quality information that you can use to protect your health when planning your day. You can get location-specific reports on current air quality and air quality forecasts for both ozone and fine particle pollution (PM2.5).
Open Government Data Used: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Air Quality System (AQS)

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Alternative Fueling Station Locator

The Alternative Fueling Station Locator app helps you find fueling stations that offer electricity, natural gas, biodiesel, E85, propane, or hydrogen.
Open Government Data Used: Department of Energy - Alternative Fuels Data Center

BioEnergy Atlas

BioEnergy Atlas

Built into Google Maps, BioEnergy Atlas includes two interactive maps, BioPower and BioFuels. These maps allow you to compare and analyze biomass feedstocks, biopower and biofuels data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Open Government Data Used: Department of Agriculture - Quick Stats Agricultural Database, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID)

Chicago Public School Tiers

Chicago Public School Tiers

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) places every part of the city into one of four socio-economic "tiers." This tool helps you find what CPS tier you are in.
Open Government Data Used: US Census Bureau, Department of Commerce - Chicago Census Tracts (2010)

College Affordability and Transparency Center

College Affordability and Transparency Center

The College Affordability and Transparency Center was designed by the U.S. Department of Education to meet requirements in the Higher Education Opportunity Act and to provide better information to student and parent consumers about college costs. It serves as a central point to several tools that allow users to compare colleges tuition and fees, net price, and other characteristics.
Open Government Data Used: Department of Education - National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System

Country Energy Profiles Map

Country Energy Profiles Map

Interactive map and energy data for 219 countries. Data through 2012 by country, region, and commercial group (OECD, OPEC) for 219 countries including total and crude oil production, oil consumption, natural gas production and consumption, coal production and consumption, electricity generation and consumption, primary energy, energy intensity, CO2 emissions and imports and exports for all fuels.
Open Government Data Used: Department of Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Statistics

Crime in Chicagoland

Crime in Chicagoland

Crime in Chicagoland created by the Chicago Tribune is an interactive analysis of crime across the greater Chicago metropolitan region, including: street-level detail about crimes reported in Chicago communities, one-year and 12-year crime graphs for a longer-term view, and the latest annual data for more than 250 Chicagoland municipalities.
Open Government Data Used: Chicago - Crimes - 2001 to Present

Energy Projects Near You

Energy Projects Near You

A tool to find energy projects under development in different parts of the country.

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Energy SBA

This app shows standard methods of using remote APIs to integrate information into a Metro interface using services provided by the SB. This app demonstrates the ease with which valuable information can be accessed and exposed on a mobile device.

ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.