Christchurch City Council is using MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform to create a series of APIs that give third parties access to city data, enabling them to create new products and services designed to benefit citizens.
Christchurch City Council service manager, Adrian Dawson, said that, since launch of the open data API program many organisations had gained access to council data and used it to start delivering services to our citizens,
“By creating an application network through API-led connectivity, we’re able to quickly serve up data required by third party companies to deliver digital experiences to Christchurch citizens and can invite outside organisations to plug into our network to drive even further innovation,” he said.
The Council released its first open data API created using Anypoint Platform in June 2017, the Property Data API. According to MuleSoft it “unlocks data historically siloed in the Council’s internal property data warehouses and makes it easy for real estate agencies, researchers, application developers and other government departments to access historical property information including sales and pricing data.”
MuleSoft says that, by making this data accessible to third parties, citizens will be able to more readily access insights on property ownership over time. “For example, a property sales agency can now leverage the Property Data API to show historical pricing of properties on their website or similar properties in the area to give potential homebuyers a point of comparison before purchase.”
Previously, external parties seeking access to these records had to email their request to the Council and were then provided with a CSV file containing the records manually drawn from an SQL database.
“Requests can now be made with a simple API call, reducing the time it takes to fulfil these requests to seconds,” MuleSoft said. “Taking an API-led approach also makes it easier for third parties to gain access to the data they need in more widely compatible formats.”
The Council's IT team has also created a B2B service that streamlines the way in which work requests are sent to road construction contractors. During the next 12 months, it plans to use the Anypoint Platform to create other open data APIs such as an API to expose cemetery data to support genealogy research and an API for traffic flow data to assist with the introduction of self-driving cars.
Dawson said: "We carefully considered a range of integration solutions but it became clear MuleSoft was the best fit for our requirements. Of the wide range of enterprise capabilities offered by Anypoint Platform, we were particularly impressed by MuleSoft’s full API lifecycle management offering, which we knew would help us to open up our data quickly and securely."