Today in APIs: Amazon Drops Prices, FullContact Parses Names and 12 New APIs

Adam DuVander, March 6th, 2012

FullContactAmazon has dropped prices again on its popular Amazon EC2 API. CRM-as-a-service company FullContact added ambiguous name parsing as a useful new feature to its FullContact API. Plus: an API podcast, Facebook gaming and 12 new APIs.

Amazon EC2 Lowers Pricing for the 19th Time

Amazon highlights the latest pricing updates:

Today’s Amazon EC2 price reduction varies by instance type and by Region, with Reserved Instance prices dropping by as much as 37%, and On-Demand instance prices dropping up to 10%. In 2006, the cost of running a small website with Amazon EC2 on an m1.small instance was $876 per year. Today with a High Utilization Reserved Instance, you can run that same website for less than 1/3 of the cost at just $250 per year – an effective price of less than 3 cents per hour.

The company also provides an AWS cost calculator.

Is It John James or James John?

FullContact is sharing some of its secret sauce with its new name parser:

Why reinvent the wheel? If you’re writing code to deal with Name Disambiguation, give the FullContact Name Parser a try and let us know what you think. This API is completely free to use, just sign-up for an API key to get started.

The company also offers a number of other free name-related APIs. Get name stats, convert email addresses to names and more.

First Podcast for APIs?

Mash This is calling itself the only podcast for APIs. The show, started by a foursome of developers, already has two episodes under its belt. You can find out more on its site or on Twitter.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

12 New APIs

Today we had 12 new APIs added to our API directory including a biomedical resource database, cloud-based accounting integration, online sports news platform from ESPN, online ebook discussion platform and social reading service for reading applications. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

dkCOINdkCOIN API: dkCOIN (NIDDK Consortium Interconnectivity Network) provides seamless public access to large pools of data relevant to the mission of NIDDK (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases). Available resources includes everything from raw genetic information to scholarly articles. The dkCOIN API allows users to search and access its collections and resources. With an account, users can upload and edit their own resources for public use.

eBridge ConnectionseBridge Connections API: eBridge Connections is a cloud-based accounting integration platform for EDI, ecommerce & CRM applications with support for over 40 accounting packages. Supported accounting packages include Intuit QuickBooks, Sage Peachtree, Sage MAS 90/200/500, Microsoft Dynamics, SAP Business One and NetSuite. Magento, Amazon, eBay, PayPal, 3dcart and Volusion are among the supported ecommerce connections.

The eBridge Connections API allows developers to integrate web applications with the eBridge platform. Once an application is on eBridge, data can be seamlessly integrated with any supported accounting package, ecommerce provider, CRM application or EDI trading partner.

ESPNESPN API: ESPN.com is an online platform for multiple sports news, statistics, team information, and player information. ESPN.com offers sports scores, standings, and other statistics for a variety of sports.

The ESPN.com API allows developers to access and integrate the data of ESPN.com with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include retrieving sports information, team information, and league information. Interested developers should sign up here for an API key: http://developer.espn.com/member/register.

FlyBaseFlyBase API: FlyBase is an online database of Drosophila (fruit fly) genes and genomes. The FlyBase API allows users to retrieve Chado XML data for FlyBase objects using either the primary FlyBase ID or current symbol. Searchable objects include genes, alleles, transcripts, proteins, clones, etc. The XML data returned contains most of the data used to create FlyBase's web reports, excluding images and gene summary information.

Genomic Name ServerGenomic Name Server API: Genomic Name Server (GeNS) provides unified access to data residing at different sources, under different schemas, and in different formats. Currently, GeNS is importing data from four major databases: UniProt (SwissProt and TrEMBL), KEGG, EMBL–EBI, and Entrez. Since these databases already incorporate data from third-party resources, GeNS can offer over 460,000 unique genes, more than 100,000 biological relations, and 140 distinct data types.

IBCP gBIOIBCP gBIO API: The Institute of Biology and Chemistry of Proteins (IBCP) provides several tools for protein sequence analysis. These tools can be used for performing multiple sequence alignments, identifying sequence similarities, analyzing secondary protein structures, performing coiled-coil predictions, and creating physico-chemical profiles for proteins. The SOAP-based IBCP APIs provide scientists and developers with programmatic access to these tools.

IceLogoIceLogo API: IceLogo is a program that generates a sequence logo for aligned peptide sequences. A sequence logo is a histogram-like presentation in which the bars are vertical stacks of symbols. Stack height reflects the level of pattern conservation in aligned peptide sequences, and the height of individual symbols is a measure of their frequency at a given position.

Unlike other sequence logo generating programs that rely on Shannon’s information theory, IceLogo operates based on probability theory. Basically, the algorithm takes the experimental set and compares it with a reference set, which can be configured by the user. These two sets are used in a probability analysis, and the results are shown in the resulting sequence logo.

IceLogo's functions are freely available as an API using the SOAP protocol.

IST Bioinformatics Web ServicesIST Bioinformatics Web Services API: IST Bioinformatics Web Services (IBWS) is a suite of APIs provided by the Bioinformatics Unit of the National Cancer Research Institute (IST) of Genoa. These APIs allow users to access all databases available in public SRS sites, Common Access to Biological Resources and Information (CABRI) catalogs, and an SRS implementation of the IARC TP53 Mutation Database. All of the IBWS APIs are accessible via the SOAP protocol.

Mouse Resource BrowserMouse Resource Browser API: The Mouse Resource Browser (MRB) provides a dynamic and interactive view of 222 mouse-related bioinformatics resources from around the world. The SOAP-based MRB API can be used to retrieve data such as information categories, custom ontologies, resources by category, CASIMIR's Database Description Framework Criteria, and all WSDLs stored in MRB's database.

PfamPfam API: The Pfam database is a large collection of information on protein domain families. Domains are the functional regions that generally comprise proteins. The presence of different domains in varying combinations produces the diverse assortment of proteins found in nature. The REST-based Pfam API provides programmatic access to the various methods of querying the Pfam database, such as searching for information on a specific sequence or members of a certain domain family.

ReadmillReadmill API: Readmill is an online and mobile platform for readers to share information about what eBooks they are reading, allowing them to highlight and discuss sections of eBooks with other users.

The Readmill API allows developers to access and integrate the data and functionality of Readmill with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include retrieving and managing user information, retrieving information on books, and managing comments from Readmill.

ReadSocialReadSocial API: ReadSocial is a service that works inside reading applications for books and magazines. Users can share and connect with the content displayed in these reading applications.

The ReadSocial API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of ReadSocial with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include managing user information, managing notes, and managing images.

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