There comes a time in every API version's lifecycle when it needs to be deprecated.
OpenEI's utility rate database version 1 API has been in use since the inception of the database in 2010. As Illinois State University has taken a commanding lead of the project and its data curation, we have updated the schema and API to version 2 to present a richer spectrum of utility rate data.
The "ApprovedRevs" extension is the feature on OpenEI that allows crowd-sourced data to be quality-controlled (approved) in a formal fashion. The incentive & policy (including EZFeed data) and utility rate sections use this feature.
Opening the discussion in case anyone has feedback on it.
Good news, everyone! Changes to the utility rate template or fields cause small updates on all 29K+ utility rates on OpenEI, which takes time to process. Older versions of mediawiki and semantic mediawiki were not as efficient at handling these. Preliminary results after changing a field and tweaking job run speeds shows a ~60X improvement in speed. Changes to utility rates can now be propagated to the entire database in approximately 35 minutes - before it took more than one day. We are hopeful we will keep seeing various benefits from the upgrade process.
We have just updated Semantic Forms on OpenEI to version 2.4 to enable some upgrades to the utility rate forms (thanks Teresa!). If you see any problems in forms you use on OpenEI, please notify us by commenting on this blog entry or emailing us from the contact link on the OpenEI frontpage.