{"API Evangelist"}

Exploring Github Curated Galleries

Github has long been my number one source for discovering people doing interesting things with APIs. As I was trying to articulate how API providers can put Github to work as part of their API operations in another story, I came across the Github Explore section. I thought that the list of items on the home page helps demonstrate that Github is more than just about managing open source code--which is the common perception regarding what you do with Github amongst muggles.

I feel that these nine areas reflect the top uses for Github in 2017:

There are other galleries available via the Github Explore section, but I think this list provides a nice snapshot. I was pleased to see open data as a showcase, which included the APIs.guru API directory, something I'd like to see become an entire category of API catalogs and directories. It also makes sense that the foundations for Skynet are being laid using Github as part of its machine learning showcase.

It is important to also note that the first area on this list is policies. Providing some important leadership for city, state, and federal government agencies to follow when it comes to crafting policy in an observable way via Github. While not an antidote for all the illnesses of government, it provides an environment where the sunshine can be let in to disinfect the process just a bit.

While code is still the central focus of engagement on Github, I think the open data, machine learning, and policy galleries reflect the shifting landscape of what happens on Github. I'm investing some time into crafting more Github 101 stories for API providers and consumers, and will also be improving my own discovery process using the social platform, as there are numerous signals to tune into these days, and the explore galleries is one interesting layer that I'll be keeping an eye on regularly.