Today in APIs: Apigee Moves on Australia & NZ, and 9 New APIs

Greg Bates, September 3rd, 2013

Apigee OAuthApigee opens office in Australia for promoting its API platform. Plus: the API economy is on its way, the API connected apps revolution, and 9 new APIs.

Apigee Opens office for Australia, NZ

Apigee, with several products comprising its API platform (including Apigee Insights and Enterprise), has opened offices in Australia to serve Australia and New Zealand.

As Allan Swann at ARN reports, Apigee had picked up new customers for its API platform but did not reveal details:

Why such a focus on A/NZ early on in a company’s lifecycle? Kapoor said it’s the market’s unusually high penetration of smartphones (more than 50 per cent).

“The Asian, Australia-NZ and Japanese markets have all shown the ability to leapfrog technology waves and adopt new tech very quickly. Things happen a lot faster here. You can prove proof of concept a lot faster.

“With things such as the cloud, the business evolves much quicker because there are more forward thinking people here.”

If Apigee has its way organizing a client’s back end will the same down under as it is in the rest of the world.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

9 New APIs

Today we had 9 new APIs added to our API directory including a office sports tracking, a video chat application, a u.s. labor and economic information service, a mobile coupon servicea and a TSA information service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

AthletableAthletable API: Athletable is an office sports tracking platform, supporting the creation of leaderboards and competitive statistics for office sports such as ping pong or foosball. Users simply create an organization profile, add players, and update.
The Athletable API allows users to integrate the platform into applications and websites. The API requires a user ID and API Key, and accepts simple HTTP calls. A list of supported calls is available with login.

Bistri ConferenceBistri Conference API: The Bistri Conference API allows developers to build a simple video chat application in only a few steps. The service is compatible with WebRTC enabled browsers and is easily integrated into custom applications.

Developers can take advantage of quality API documentation and tutorial pages that make working with this service incredibly simple.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Public DataBureau of Labor Statistics Public Data API: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is a federal agency that tracks labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the U.S. economy. The BLS Public Data API provides users with access to raw economic data from all of the BLS’s programs for use in their original applications. This API is freely available to the public and requires no registration to use.

FosburyFosbury API: Fosbury is a mobile coupon management service that enables users to design, manage, and distribute coupon campaigns. The Fosbury API allows users to create and distribute passes for mobile wallets to potential customers. The services uses REST calls, and Fosbury provides sample SDKs in RUBY, Python, PHP. An account is required with service, and an API key and SSL are used for authentication.

MyTSAMyTSA API: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides the MyTSA API which allows users to integrate several features into third-party applications. These features include TSA security checkpoint wait times, TSA PreCheck locations, sunrise/sunset times for all locations, and other data sources. The services uses REST calls and can return XML or JSON.

PredictiousPredictious API: Predictious is a Bitcoin prediction market that allows people to make predictions on events, buy shares on predictions using Bitcoins, and collect a profit if those predictions are correct. Predictions can be made regarding any event, such as the number of sales for a new video game or the outcome of a political election. The costs of shares varies, going up and down like the prices of stocks. Users can choose to sell their shares before an event or short sell if they think an event will not occur.

Predictious allows users to perform trades from other applications and services using its REST API.

TalentLMSTalentLMS API: TalentLMS is a cloud-based learning platform that helps small and medium sized organizations train their employees and customers. Users can create courses using their own videos, presentations and documents, or use publicly available content from the web. TalentLMS makes effective usage of time and maximizes training output by eliminating unnecessary functionality and emphasizing the reuse of existing training material.

TalentLMS offers a REST for programmatic access to the platform. API resources include users, courses, categories, groups, and branches. An API key is required.

WindOnTheWater.comWindOnTheWater.com API: WindOnTheWater.com is a mashup of data from real-time public wind sensors and Google Maps. It was built as a resource for kiteboarding, windsurfing, sailing, and other wind-based activities.
WindOnTheWater.com exposes its mashed up data through a free API. Through simple HTTP calls, developers can automate access to wind data, tides, webcams, and more, filterable by region or specified location.

Wisconsin Center for the BookWisconsin Center for the Book API: The Wisconsin Center for the Book celebrates the culture of the book by encouraging the joys of reading and writing and by honoring Wisconsin’s literary heritage. Through its API, the Center provides a simple way for developers to access information about Wisconsin books and authors. The API is free and accessible to anyone. Responses may be returned in JSON(P), XML, or PHP format.

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