2.3 – Accessing aid information
2.3.1 – Access via an API
0 There are many different ways to publish aid information online. It may be published on web pages, exposed via a query interface on a website, or via an Application Programming Interface (API). Making information available via an API can ensure that it is up to date – or even available in real time.
2.3.2 – Access to raw data
0 We strongly advise that raw data be made available in addition to being accessible via an API. This allows others to use the data beyond read-only access. For example, it allows batch conversion it into a new format, linking and integration with other resources, archival in multiple places, and so on 1. While the latest version of the data may be made available via an API, raw data should be made available in bulk at regular intervals.
0 For example, the Eurostat statistical service has a bulk download facility offering over 4000 data files. It is updated twice a day, offers data in Tab Separate Value (TSV) format, and includes documentation about the download facility as well as about the data files 2.
0 Another example is the District of Columbia OCTO’s Data Catalogue, which allows data to be downloaded in CSV and XLS format, in addition to live feeds of the data 3.