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. Below are just a few examples of government, community, 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. While we don’t endorse any particular app, we’re always interested in new examples: Submit application suggestions 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

Bankrank.org

Bankrank.org

Bankrank.org grades financial institutions by using complaint data that is controlled for bank size and categorized by service and product focus.  

Base Directory (Military)

Base Directory (Military)

Military Traveler makes official DoD travel significantly easier (arranging lodging, coordinating with units at other bases, and finding services). This app combines information already available with crowd sourced data and reviews. Military Bases National

Civic Request Tracker

Civic Request Tracker

The free, simple and easy to use Citizen Request Tracker™ app gives small to medium-sized cities and counties across North America – and their residents and business owners - the same citizen-power to report civic issues, and the integrated municipal tracking capabilities, that was previously available only in large metropolitan areas. Municipal Cities Municipal Counties  

Climate

Climate

Climate helps optimize a farmer’s daily decision making by providing up-to-the-minute, field-level weather, field workability, and crop growth stage information. Climate provides data-driven insights about your farm to support decisions that save time and increase profits. National Weather Service U.S. Geological Survey National Aeronautics and Space Administration  

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

DataFerrett – U.S. Census

DataFerrett – U.S. Census

The US Census Bureau provides DataFerrett, which is a unique data analysis and extraction tool-with recoding capabilities-to customize federal, state, and local data to suit your requirements. (FERRETT stands for Federated Electronic Research, Review, Extraction, and Tabulation Tool.) Using DataFerrett, you can develop an unlimited array of customized spreadsheets that are as versatile and complex as your usage demands. U.S Census Data

EnergyIQ

EnergyIQ

Benchmarking application to compare building energy performance to comparable building classes. Energy and Consumption Efficiency Data and Statistics

Estately Flip

Estately Flip

Estately Flip helps people quickly sort through the hundreds of homes to find the few that pique their interest. The Flip interface isn’t new. However, it is perfectly suited to home buying because it mirrors how people search for homes. With Flip, home buyers rate every house by tossing bad matches into the trash and saving good ones for later. Housing for Sale