Energy CIO trumpets open data efforts around alternative fuel

Robert Brese, chief information officer at the Energy Department, described in a new blog post how the agency has made it easier to find alternative-fuel stations.

Brese said thanks to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the DOE Clean Cities initiative, information on alternative-fuel stations is available in a variety of formats, including web and mobile applications, widgets, application programming interfaces and raw data files on the Alternative Fuels Data Center site.

“These tools enable users to leverage the data to find fuel stations, post custom fueling location maps on their own websites, or access data for web applications or analysis,” Brese wrote. “Developers may also choose to mash up the station data with numerous other data sets available on the Internet and create useful products to serve industry-specific needs.”

In his post, Brese said the department’s open data priorities aligned with the Digital Government Strategy before the document even existed. For example, AFDC has received more than 258,263 API data calls and users downloaded the raw data 24,031 times.


Over the same period, visitors to AFDC accumulated 1,189,267 page views on the station locator tool, and 46,804 page views of its sister tool, the mobile station locator, Brese added.

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