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Leverage CDC’s API to Improve Your Submission

The CDC Flu App Challenge offers developers the freedom to create any solution they desire, whether it is for the web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, or any other platform broadly accessible to the open Internet. The only catch to that freedom is that submissions must use at least one data set from a select list of eight sources including influenza vaccination estimates, RSS feeds, JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) feeds, and an XML source for the Weekly Flu Activity Report. The full list of data sources can be viewed at

Eight data sources may sound like a small number, but four of those sources are feeds that offer applicants access to CDC’s vast repository of public health content via their REST (Representational State Transfer) API. With the CDC API, you can mine a substantial amount of health data, flu related or otherwise, and mashup the various content feeds to enhance your application or technical solution. For example one could create a simple mashup of the Weekly Flu Activity Report (XML here), showing the flu outbreak rating per state, and a general news feed to demonstrate why a given state received its rating.

Take advantage of the API or any of the other public data to improve your solution. The clock has already started ticking, and we have a handful of submissions already. You have until May 27, 2011 to submit your final entry. Full details about the challenge including rules, and links to the data sources are on the CDC Flu App Challenge page on the website.