One year ago, I complained about the state of public data. I specifically pointed out that over 100 years of Nationally Notifiable Disease Surveillance System data were trapped in PDF, basically unusable. Thankfully, Project Tycho has since come to the rescue by releasing NNDSS data from 1888 to 2013.
Not only can you retrieve machine readable data from their website, but they have an API! Although wonderful, APIs can sometimes be a bit of a pain to get to know, so I wrote a python wrapper to make life a little easier. I've named it pycho, and you can find it on github here.
"Send me your data - PDF is fine," said no one ever
The public health paradox ("When public health works, it's invisible")
Let's make data a civic right
Scholarly impact of open access journals
Six months later, disease detectives still battling fungal meningitis outbreak