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Google Maps Restricts Its API, Government Shrugs

Plus, Former Accela Leader Heads to Seamless Docs, CivicPlus Acquires CMS Company and more...


Google Maps Restricts Its API, Government Collectively Shrugs The Internet giant is making it more difficult for users to access its mapping platforms' various APIs, which likely means some users will look for alternatives. That could have impacts for some casual government users who don't have much programming knowledge, and for civic hackers trying to map public data. But for government IT workers and people with big projects? It doesn't seem like a big deal.

Former Accela Leader Heads to SeamlessDocs Angela Langston, who worked at Accela for nearly two decades, will become SeamlessDocs' first chief success officer.
CivicPlus Acquires CMS Company CivicPlus, which is most known for making government websites but has expanded into new territory in recent years, has acquired the company Virtual Towns & Schools, and is spinning its CMS into a new product.
University of Chicago Works with App Company to Connect Program Beneficiaries With More Services The company, NowPow, is working with the university's researchers as part of the MetroLab Network in order to help caseworkers prescribe services to the citizens they're working with.


Digital Counties 2018 Awards Take a look at the top digital counties this year, and what they've been working on.


GovTech company on our radar this week:

BrightHive: Open-source data integration software for social service work.
Run a GovTech company? Get on our radar here.



Speeding Up ETL for Illinois Campaign Finance Data (ProPublica)
The Domino's Pothole Ads are Emblematic of a Big Transportation Problem (Andy Kuhn/ELGL)
The Future of Communities is Agile (Ash Roughani and Arik Bronshtein/ICMA)
How Vyki Englert Got into Civic Tech (The New Constructivist)

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Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.