From: "Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety" <secretary**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] IFTTT Data Access Project
Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:22:30 -0400
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Subject: IFTTT
Date: June 22, 2017 at 9:18:03 AM EDT

If this then that has a useful new app to connect to a wide range of government databases.

Today, all around cool internet thing IFTTT is hooking all kinds of useful public data into its powerful platform. With the launch of its new Data Access Project, IFTTT will add support for a broad selection of government agencies, organizations and research and cultural groups. That includes public data from federal and state government feeds on down to municipal transit information.

The new data streams have the potential to be all kinds of useful. In practice, that means every time there‰??s a relevant new SEC filing, your Hue lights can flash green (or red, depending). Or you can get a text every time the State Department posts a travel warning. Or a Slack notification each time the Department of Defense posts an update. Or lots of things ‰?? infinitely configurable things, really.

Put simply, IFTTT lets you connect things to other things. It does this through easy to set up custom formulas, like ‰??every time **At_Symbol_Here**techcrunch tweets, call my phone.‰?? These logic statements, all take the form of ‰??if x happens, do y,‰?? hence the name If This Then That (IFTTT). IFTTT used to call these formulas Recipes but now they‰??re calling them Applets, which is more confusing in our book but the functionality remains the same.

IFTTT‰??s more than 40 new sources include:

Department of Labor
Bureau of Economic Analysis
Federal Communications Commission
Environmental Protection Agency
Library of Congress
National Science Foundation
Energy Information Association
Pew Research Center
Department of Defense
Centers for Disease Control
Texas Legislature
Electronic Frontier Foundation
American Civil Liberties Union

For IFTTT, the public data initiative stands to breathe some new life into a platform that in recent years is perhaps best known for letting you automate quirky things in your smart home. As a (really) long time IFTTT user, I have to say that it‰??s an exciting and potentially very useful new direction. I fully expect to lose hours configuring my own public data streams in the coming days.

According to IFTTT CEO Linden Tibbets, the beauty of the service‰??s new direction is that it can help users organize yet another kind of information that might otherwise be overwhelming and put it to good use.

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