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 Consumer application suggestions at Contact Consumer and see more examples of applications made with open government data at Data.gov/applications.
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
Fooducate is a free mobile app (Android, iPhone) that empowers supermarket shoppers to make healthy choices effortlessly, enabling consumers to automatically scan the barcodes of food products, and instantly see how nutritious they really are.
The GoodGuide app can be used while shopping to instantly reveal whether a food product is healthy and produced by green or socially responsible companies. Find safe, healthy, green and ethical product reviews based on scientific ratings. More than 250,000 products rated.
Lose It! helps users make healthy choices by setting a clear calorie budget, track their fitness and activity level, and provide insight into their nutrition (including a great “My Plate” report on Loseit.com and badges for adherence to My Plate fruit and vegetable guidelines).