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Expanding Access To Department of Labor (DOL) data

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This talk will explore the APIs that can be used to access the data at the Department of Labor. It was presented to the Data Innovation DC group on March 4th, 2015.

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Expanding Access To Department of Labor (DOL) data

  1. 1. S Expanding Access To Department of Labor (DOL) Data Building APIs Tyrone Grandison, PhD Presidential Innovation Fellow Department of Labor (DOL) Data Innovation DC March 4th, 2015
  2. 2. What is the DOL? S A system of systems: S Many moving parts. Some connected. Some not. 1. Administrative Review Board (ARB) 2. Benefits Review Board (BRB) 3. Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) 4. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 5. Center for Faith-Based &Neighborhood Partnerships (CFBNP) 6. Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) 7. Employees' Compensation Appeals Board (ECAB) 8. Employment & Training Administration (ETA) 9. Job Corps 10. Mine Safety &Health Administration (MSHA) 11. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) 12. Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) 13. Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs (OCIA) 14. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration & Management (OASAM) 15. Civil Rights Center 16. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP) 17. Office of the Chief Financial Officer(OCFO) 18. Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) 19. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) 20. Office of Inspector General (OIG) 21. Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) 22. Office of Public Engagement (OPE) 23. Office of the Solicitor(SOL) 24. Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) 25. Ombudsman for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOMBD) 26. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) 27. Veterans' Employment & Training Service (VETS) 28. Wage and Hour Division (WHD) 29. Women's Bureau (WB) 30. Office Of Public Affairs (OPA)
  3. 3. Organizational Structure
  4. 4. Current Landscape S Some agencies provide raw data through text files, Excel sheets and or API S Examples: MSHA, BLS, OSHA, ETA, VETS, WHD, OPA S Current API* S Covers over 200 datasets. S Created by OPA Division of Enterprise Communications. S Sole mission is to provide developers with access to DOL data. S api.dol.gov currently runs on Windows 2008. *The current API is often referred to as APIv1 or “the legacy API
  5. 5. APIv1 Backend S Built using OData. S Solution also contains: S Drupal S Software development kits - not required, but eases the development of applications S Databases
  6. 6. Sources S Department of Labor (DOL) data primarily available at: S DOL’s developer site S Data.gov
  7. 7. Other Sources S Career One Stop S AJC locations; licensing, certification, education, apprenticeship, community college and training info; job listings and job count info. S Occupational Information Network (O*NET) S Detailed profiles of occupations; translations from military occupations, profiles of interests
  8. 8. One Last Source S Bureau of Labor Statistics S Labor Market Information
  9. 9. Using APIv1 S Register S Visit https://devtools.dol.gov/developer S Click the Register link. S Fill in the registration form and submit it. S A confirmation email will be sent to the address you provided during registration. S Click on the link in the email to activate your developer account. S Create API Key (Token) S Visit https://devtools.dol.gov/developer S At the login page, enter your username and password S Click on the My Tokens link S Click "Create New Token" S Provide a Shared Secret (deprecated, but for the moment still required for the registration process), Application Name, and a Description S The token value will be auto-generated and added to your tokens list. S Access the API S The API is exposed as an OData producer, with the addition of request authorizations. S To make API calls you must supply a valid Token as the "KEY" parameter on the query string with every request. Example For DOLAgency and token d9c6c290- da4c-424e-a378-fb4bd027b58b, the direct link to Agency data is: http://api.dol.gov/V1/DOLAgency/Agen cies/?KEY=d9c6c290-da4c-424e- a378-fb4bd027b58b Result Format By default, the DOL API's responses are in XML format. To receive the data in JSON, send an "Accept" header with "application/json.”
  10. 10. FYI S A lot of the assets are utilizing APIv1. S Some are using their own API standard. S By Q4 2015, all (participating) agencies will move to APIv2.
  11. 11. APIv2 Desired Features 1. Single sign-on and authentication for datasets with private or sensitive data. 2. Improved readability and usability of dataset documentation for all skill levels of developers. 3. Create Internal API with legacy functions, plus CRUD and account deactivation. 4. Modifying External API and SDKs to facilitate end-user development. 5. Enable all open data that is available via the API to be available in one of the accepted bulk downloadable formats with options for filtering. 6. Update Token self-service app to integrate with APIv2, mobile support and new datasets. 7. Expose DOL web content as structured data via the API. APIv2 is backwards-compatible with APIv1
  12. 12. APIv2 High Level Requirements S Support requests over SSL/TLS S Support read/write transactions (it is currently read-only) S Continue to require and support API Keys S Continue to be a centralized API S Should not break existing apps using the DOL API S Support the myUSA (if available or equivalent) authentication service S Continue to be a RESTful service that supports all platforms S Same codebase for internal and external deployments S Conform to the 18F API standards to the highest degree practicable
  13. 13. APIv2 Backend S Based on the GitHub - Project Open Data community contributed code S Will run on the LAMP stack. S Will also consist of: S Code Igniter (Ellis Lab) Application Framework S Server Clustering using a Beowulf Cluster to leverage load balancing and parallel processing S Caching using Varnish Cache S Will incorporate Object Oriented Design S Results default to JSON
  14. 14. Live Long and Prosper Questions: innovationopenhrs@dol.gov

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