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Govkit

Govkit is a Ruby gem that provides simple access to open government APIs around the web, including:

Installation

From gemcutter:

gem install govkit

Setup

Add govkit to your environment.rb or Gemfile

Run rails generate govkit (Rails 3.x) or script/generate govkit (Rails 2.x) to copy a config file into config/initializers/govkit.rb. You will need to add your API keys to this config file.

Usage Examples

>> GovKit::OpenStates::State.find_by_abbreviation('CA')
>> GovKit::VoteSmart::Address.find(votesmart_candidate_id)
>> GovKit::OpenCongress::Bill.find(:number => 5479, :type => 'h', :congress => '111')

Objects returned from GovKit will have attributes for each field coming back from the API:

>> x = GovKit::OpenStates::State.find_by_abbreviation('CA')
=> #<GovKit::OpenStates::State:0x00000100f6a5a8 @attributes={"lower_chamber_title"=>"Assemblymember", "lower_chamber_name"=>"Assembly", "upper_chamber_title"=>"Senator", "terms"=>[#<GovKit::OpenStates::State::Term:0x00000100f2a8e0 @attributes={"....
>> x.name
=> "California"

GovKit will raise GovKit::ResourceNotFound if a requested item isn't available.

Testing & Debugging

For debugging purposes, there's a raw_response reader provided for each object, which typically returns an HTTParty::Response object. To see the body of the HTTP response, you might look here:

(continuing the example from above)
>> x.raw_response.response.body
=> "{\n    \"lower_chamber_title\": \"Assemblymember\", \n    \"lower_chamber_name\": \"Assembly\", \n  ....

Bugs? Questions?

Please join the Govkit Google Group, especially if you'd like to talk about a new feature and get announcements.

Report a bug on our Lighthouse page.

Govkit's main repo is on Github: http://github.com/opengovernment/govkit, where your contributions, forks, and feedback are greatly welcomed.

Copyright (c) 2010 Participatory Politics Foundation, released under the MIT license

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