Today In APIs: Facebook API adds Brand Page Metrics, Google Drive powered Holiday Gifts and 15 New APIs

Romin Irani, December 20th, 2012

FacebookFacebook API updates now allow brand page metrics and comparison across brands. Do your last minute shopping with customized gifts powered by Google Drive files. Plus: Foursquare improves Recommendations with mashup of Facebook and Foursquare data, hypermedia APIs on Rails and 15 new APIs.

Facebook Adds Brand Page Metrics to API

In the latest platform update, Facebook has rolled in additional metrics to the Graph API, where you can get the count and people talk about this (PTAT) for all your pages. This will enable marketers to now benchmark their numbers against other brands and do that across country levels too. These numbers are available via additional fields on the Insight object.

Holiday Gifts powered by Google Drive

Google DriveIf you are still looking for a last minute gift for someone, you could try various holiday gifts apps that can access your various assets that you have stored on Google Drive. These applications can access your photos, videos and much more to create personalized gifts. For e.g. Cafepress Drive, allows you to create a personalized mug with a photo from your Google Drive.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

New APIs

Today we had 15 new APIs added to our API directory including a german group decision-making platform, an energy market economic data service, a sleep monitoring service, a guatemalan coupon service, a scottish festival events information service, a craft event listing and search service and a coupon shopping service. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

AdhocracyAdhocracy API: Adhocracy is a social participation platform that facilitates a democratic, transparent, open, and focused dialogue. It allows disparate parties to engage in the process of drafting proposals which will then represent the group’s opinions and, eventually, its decisions regarding a given subject. Adhocracy not only provides organizations and interest groups the opportunity for open democratic discussion, but also gives all participants the opportunity to contribute their views and ideas to help shape decisions. The Adhocracy website is provided solely in German, but the API documentation is provided in English.

Argus FundalyticsArgus Fundalytics API: The service provides data indicating supply and demand conditions and resulting price projections in world energy markets, including crude oil, refined petroleum, natural gas, and other resources. It also provides estimates of transportation capacity and rates of usage, which affect delivery of energy products to market. Applications can make use of authoritative indicators of market fundamentals, compiled and analyzed for compatibility in reporting and graphic displays.

API methods provide data streams for specified time ranges, markets, and energy products cached for 10-minute intervals. Methods allow selection of data sources and data types along with tags applied by the service to distinguish groups of data points.

BedditBeddit API: The service provides monitoring of a user’s sleep patterns. A bedside device detects physical conditions and activities, uploading data to the service for later access by the sleeper, health care providers, or personal trainers. Data tracked include raw ballistocardiography (BCG) signals, heart rate measurements and variability (HRV), minute-by-minute actigraphy, and classification of the subject as asleep or awake at the moment of data collection.

API methods support authorization of access to a user account, followed by retrieval of information about the user and the timeline data collected by the bedside monitor. Requests can specify particular date and time ranges to gather data recorded during those spans. In addition to BCG and HRV, returned data report on conditions in the room such as light and sound levels.

CucuponsCucupons API: Cucupons is a Guatemalan coupon service dedicated to providing the best savings to various areas of life. Users receive daily emails with offers which can then be purchased, printed, and redeemed in person. The Cucupons API allows users to retrieve featured deals and other deal information. The service uses REST calls and can return JSON or XML. The website is in Spanish.

Edinburgh FestivalEdinburgh Festival API: Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, hosts twelve major festivals per year. The Edinburgh Festival API – provided by the Edinburgh Festivals Innovation Lab – can be used to retrieve a filterable list of events from these festivals. This API can be accessed using REST calls issued in either XML or JSON format.

Eventlister.comEventlister.com API: Eventlister.com provides a large event directory for craft, festival, concert, art and expo shows. If you’re a new or even experienced crafter, Eventlister.com provides you with the tools you need to exhibit and sell your crafts yourself: connecting you with local events and even with exhibitors looking for vendors in your area. You can also search through the indexed listings of various craft/art functions for a specified time or location.

The REST based Eventlister.com API allows third party sites and developers to utilize the event listings and messaging capabilities of the site when building their own applications or tools. Methods include: EventCategories, EventSearch, EventImage, EventWebsiteForwarder, MessageSend, MessageCheckStatus and more. Respones are formatted in XML.

Groupdeal2UGroupdeal2U API: Groupdeal2U is a shopping service that collects and delivers deals for consumers and businesses. Users are able to purchase vouchers/coupons for a 20% to 90% discount off goods and services. The Groupdeal2U API allows users to integrate daily deals into third party applications. An API key is required for use along with following branding requirements.

isemail Address Validationisemail Address Validation API: The service validates email addresses for compliance with standards detailed in internet requests for comment (RFCs). It verifies that the character count is within limits and that formatting reflects acknowledged best practices. Some internet service providers and email services generate noncompliant addresses, which may cause systems using strict validation to reject them as undeliverable. The service reduces this likelihood by catching and highlighting potential formatting problems. It makes no effort to confirm that email can actually reach a particular address, only that address formatting complies with applicable guidelines.

API methods allow submission of a character string and return a status of 1 or 0 indicating valid or invalid, along with diagnostic text describing any validity problem.

MarketScoutMarketScout API: MarketScout is a corporate intelligence building platform that deals with complex data pulled from a variety of sources and aggregated as well as sorted with analytical tools. The service also utilizes a variety of interfaces for content delivery from RSS to mobile, tablet and web interfaces. Do research on an individual or company scale level.

The MarketScout API allows MarketScout users the ability to create analytic applications which utilize the MarketScount Analytics Engine and additionally, allows for historical analysis. Developers can tap into facets such as: Indicators (time series), Entities (People, Companies, Facilities), Projects (Energy, Infrastructure, Resources, Technology), and Geospatial (Mines, Ports, Processing Plants, Vital Infrastructure)

The API is REST based with responses formatted in JSON.

OnlineCity NIMTAOnlineCity NIMTA API: NIMTA is a messaging gateway provided by OnlineCity. Gateway subscribers can send SMS, MMS, and email to recipients in almost any country. NIMTA supports both dialog-based services, which send a message to one specific recipient, and information services, which send the same message to multiple recipients. NIMTA’s API enables customers to build message-based services on top of the gateway. The NIMTA API comes in both SOAP-based and RESTful versions. The OnlineCity website is provided solely in Danish, but API documentation is given in English.

PRONOMPRONOM API: PRONOM is an online registry of technical information useful in the accession and long-term preservation of electronic records. This includes authoritative information about software products, their support lifecycles, their technical requirements, and the file formats which they support. Originally used solely by the National Archives, PRONOM is now available as a resource for anyone requiring access to this type of information.

The PRONOM API provides programmatic methods for retrieving PRONOM’s information resources. This API uses SOAP calls issued in XML format.

Scholarly iQScholarly iQ API: The service provides measures of popularity and influence of published papers and authors. It generates data recording how often a publication is cited by other scholars and how influential those citations are within the author’s field. Data conform to the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) protocol (ANSI/NISO Z39.93) for data about usage of electronic resources.

API methods support access to reports that track citations of a publication in journals, databases, and books. Returned data can be formatted according to the provider’s proprietary COUNTER protocol or the SUSHI standard.

SemiocastSemiocast API: The Semiocast API allows users to analyze micro-messages, timelines, and feeds to get semantic information such as language, author location, topics, or sentiment. Users can also filter timelines and feeds by language and location or prepare semantics-based annotations for a Tweet.

Future functions will allow users to search networks with semantic, linguistic, and location constraints and to get global statistics about public messages.

Social123 SocialData+Social123 SocialData+ API: SocialData+ by Social123 allows database and CRM developers and users the ability to incorporate social media contacts and information in with your existing contact structure. You can see how many connections, followers, etc. each of your contacts have and give them a social score based on their impact in various social network platforms.

The SocialData+ API is REST based with returns in PHP. API functions include: GET, DELETE, UPDATE and RENAME Lists along with GET Contacts. API functions are provided for content in the created customer list.

UkashUkash API: Ukash is a form of eMoney – it is treated exactly like cash, but it is spent online. Ukash is useful for those who don’t have a credit or debit card, or who don’t want to use their card to pay online. Customers exchange cash for a unique 19-digit Ukash code and use it to pay at the thousands of websites that accept Ukash. It can also be used to load prepaid cards and eWallets. If the Ukash code is more than the value of the purchase, change will be refunded as a new code. Ukash is available in over 55 countries at outlets that include shops, petrol stations, kiosks, ATMs, and online.

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