I'm unable to find very much data about the usage of APIs from United States federal agencies. Which APIs that have been released have the highest traffic number in terms of queries, and/or implementation?

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    Number of queries? So a poorly designed API that makes you send 100 REST calls vs. one SOAP call is therefore 'higher traffic' ?
    – Joe
    May 24 '13 at 19:30
  • Data.gov has some data related to visitor stats though I haven't explored the other sections extensively (e.g. Downloads by Data Category) some of the sources might point you in the right direction for API-related metrics. May 24 '13 at 19:47
  • Did someone just make a case for SOAP? Epic! May 31 '13 at 23:36
  • Have you thought about FOIA'ing this data?
    – noneck
    May 31 '13 at 23:40
  • @noneck I have FOIAd for this data. Never successfully. Jun 1 '13 at 15:32

There is a growing catalog of APIs from the federal government available at Data.gov's Developer community. Activity on each dataset will be made visible in the activity stream area (not yet visible as the new catalog was just created last week). In the meantime, you can see API activity as follows:

(Disclaimer: I am the Evangelist for Data.gov.)

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