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The Importance of Open Data

What is Open Data? The Open Data Initiative is a new movement to place the power back into your hands through granting free access to use and republish the City’s data without restriction. Through increasing transparency and accountability, the City of Virginia Beach aims to increase citizen participation in government, create opportunities for economic development, generate open dialogue, inform decision making in the public and privates […]

Should I Use APIs or Should I Download Directly?

Making the choice between accessing data using an API or downloading data directly and storing it locally can be a tricky decision. Downloading data directly is considered to be point-in-time snapshots of any given data set. So, unlike accessing data via an API, the version of the data in snapshots may not always reflect the most up-to-date data. For many users of data this either […]

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