General FAQs

What's this site about?

This is a site the City has created to make City data easier to find and easier for developers to use to create apps that will benefit residents, businesses, tourists, and other government organizations seeking information or transacting business online with the City.

The NYC Developer Portal was established to be a central hub for engagement with the developer community in these ways:

  • It provides a framework featuring APIs for City data that developers can use to create apps to improve the lives of NYC citizens and the way in which City government serves them.
  • It is an official New York City Apps Hub, showcasing both apps developed by the City and apps developed independently that use City data and that have been reviewed and approved by the City as official offerings on the Apps Showcase.
  • It is a forum for developers to interact with the City about its public data, suggest ways to improve how the City presents its data, and also find collaborators for their own civic projects. 

This site, together with the NYC OpenData portal, carries forward the City’s ongoing efforts to improve the accessibility, transparency, and accountability of City government, by making the large amount of data produced by City agencies easier to use in order to better serve the public.

Who runs this?

The Department of Information Technology (DoITT) maintains the site. City agencies provide the data and the APIs, and maintain control of the data that falls under their purview.

Developers can use the site to comment on the site content, and initiate contact with other developers. All subsequent communications between developers occur off-site.

Who supplies the APIs?

City agencies provide the data and the APIs, and maintain control of the data for which they are responsible. The Department of Information Technology (DoITT) maintains the site.

Developers who register to create accounts on the site can suggest new APIs for the City to develop. Developers can also suggest new apps that use the APIs, offer to work together with other developers to create new apps that use the APIs, and submit their own apps for consideration to be included in the Apps Showcase.

How can I get involved?

Anyone can browse the site to see what apps have been developed by the City, what apps have been developed by third-parties and approved by the City, and what APIs the City has made available for developers to use to create new civic apps.

If you want to provide feedback you will need to register and create an account. When you are logged in you will have access to the APIs and all the documentation that is needed for you to develop apps that can use them. You will also need to log in to suggest new APIs for the City to develop, or new apps that you would like the City or private developers to create. As a registered user, you can also use the site to ask for collaboration from other developers for civic projects that you are working on. 

Why is the City doing this?

In 2011, Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Information Technology (DoITT) released the “Road Map for the Digital City,” a plan to increase the City’s engagement with the public through digital channels of communication and improve the way the City provides data and electronic transactions.

A major accomplishment in this effort was the launch of NYC OpenData to centralize and make available a repository of government-produced data sets that are now available in a variety of machine-readable formats and are refreshed when new data becomes available.  The NYC Developer Portal coordinates with that repository and adds to it a framework featuring APIs for City data, a central source of City-specific apps, and a forum to engage the City’s tech community.

As part of the initiative to improve the accessibility, transparency, and accountability of City government, this site helps to make the wealth of public data generated by various New York City agencies and other City organizations available for public use. By unlocking important public information and supporting policies of open government, the City will continue to democratize access to services and enable innovation that improves the lives of New Yorkers.

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