Using Open APIs In Mobile Apps Activity
|Title||Using Open APIs in Mobile Application Development|
|Overview||In this activity students will learn about Open APIs, how does it relate to open source and how to use in building a mobile application.|
|Prerequisite Knowledge||CS2 using Java and basics of Android development|
This activity is meant to educate students about open APIs and how to use them in Android app development. The activity is targeted for crisis management APIs to emphasize the humanitarian aspect of HFOSS.
- What is an Open API? What is REST? How and why is it open ?
- What is the difference between open source and open API?
Write a one page summery compiling your understanding of these readings.
FEMA (The Federal Emergency Management Agency) has made some of its data public through a REST API http://www.fema.gov/data-feeds#APIs The released data sets are listed in http://www.fema.gov/data-feeds#APIs and include the following:
- Housing Assistance Owners
- Housing Assistance Renters
- Registration Intake and Individuals Household Program
- Public Assistance Funded Projects: Summary
- Public Assistance Funded Projects: Details
- Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Property Acquisitions
- Hazard Mitigation Grants
- Disaster Declarations Summaries
For example, the following http request retrieves data for Housing Assistance Owners. Run the http request on your browser and copy a couple of records from the result in your report. http://www.fema.gov/api/open/v1/HousingAssistanceOwners
This output is in JSON format.
Develop an Android App that provides an interactive interface to search and display a data feed from the FEMA data sets. Your App should use the sample code attached to retrieve data from an API and your task will be to design and develop and App that displays this data.
- A report including answers for part 1 and part 2
- A .zip and .apk of your Android app.
How will the activity be graded?
How will learning will be measured?
Include sample assessment questions/rubrics.
Android Development, JSON data model
|Knowledge Area/Knowledge Unit||SE - Software Engineering / SE Requirements Engineering from ACM_Body_of_Knowledge|
|Topic||Application Development, Open APIs|
|Level of Difficulty||Medium- Challenging|
|Estimated Time to Completion||6-8 hours|
|Materials/Environment||Internet access, Android Studio installed|
|License||Creative Commons CC-BY|
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