Welcome to the Washington Post API portal

Published by Jason Bartz on Aug 28, 2012

In the spirit of show your work, we're excited to announce The Washington Post's developer portal today.

Building data applications for the newsroom often results in large storehouses of useful data. But we've never had the opportunity to make this data available to other civic hackers until today. We've decided to "run that baby" and make our data available to you.

That's why, starting today, The Post is publishing three APIs. They're free to use (check out our terms of use) for your non-commercial applications. Additionally, our APIs aren't rate limited, so you can call them directly from your client-side application.

First, we're opening up the data behind our Issue Engine site. We're storing hundreds of transcripts and tens of thousands of statements from President Obama and Governor Romney, all categorized by issue. Check out the documentation or just jump right in and use our interactive console.

Second, we're opening up the data behind our White House Visitors Log site. You'll have access to literally millions of visits to the White House from January 2009 until the present. How else would you know that there have been more than 2400 visits to the White House bowling alley since 2009? Take a look at our documentation or head over to the console and get started.

Finally, we're releasing our the data behind our Campaign Finance Explorer. We're big fans of campaign finance data; the Post's Watergate investigation (pdf) is what led to modern campaign finance laws! Take a spin through the documentation or, for the brave, go straight to the console

These are the first three of what we hope to be many APIs available for use from The Post. Over the next few weeks, we'll release additional APIs and add features to the three you see here. And we'll announce some news later today about an event that should make any civic hacker excited.

As Ben Bradlee said in the movie, "nothing's riding on this except the first amendment to the Constitution, freedom of the press, and maybe the future of the country." So, sign up today and start building. We can't wait to see what you make.

Jeremy Bowers and Jason Bartz