Today in APIs: USDA Launches Seven New APIs, and 10 New APIs

Eric Carter, December 13th, 2013

ERS/USDA Per Capita Food Availability DataThe USDA has launched seven new APIs through its Economic Research Service (ERS). On the heals of the Firefox 26 release, Mozilla has added Firefox 27 to its Beta Channel. Plus: 10 ways your ecommerce business can use APIs and 10 new APIs.

The USDA Launches New APIs

The USDA has increased its API offering available through ERS. To meet the demand of a growing developer and researcher community, the USDA has released seven new APIs that provide access to data from the USDA and other Federal agencies. The new APIs include data from the ARMS Farm Financial and Crop Production Practices, the Food Dollar Series, the Food Access Research Atlas, the Food Environment Atlas, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Data System, the Farm Program Atlas, and the Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America.

Erin Maneri Akred, Presidential Innovations Fellow for Open Data, ERS, wrote:

“Data queries/functionality in the APIs match those of the data products, applications, and atlases already offered.  This increases the value and utility of public data, and enables greater interaction with ERS data in machine-readable formats, such as mashing up with other data sets and/or processing for new insights. ERS is committed to expanding and enriching accessibility and transparency via Open Data strategies.”

Mozilla Adds Simultaneous Social API Notifications to Firefox 27

Mozilla just launched Firefox 26. Just a few days afterward, Mozilla added Firefox 27 to the Beta Channel. Firefox 27 includes updates to the Social API. The update allows multiple integration partners to send notifications at the same time. Prior to this update, users were limited to notifications from the social provider indicated in the Firefox toolbar.

APIs You Shouldn’t Miss

10 New APIs

Today we had 10 new APIs added to our API directory including a cloud platform provider, a travel content search and booking service, a real-time social market data feed and an email marketing service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

AkamaiAkamai API: Akami is a cloud platform solutions provider. Akami offers products and solutions for enterprise that are built on the cloud. The Akami Intelligence Platform offers users scalability and adaptability for their cloud-based applications and services.

The Akami Intelligence Platform APIs allow developers to access and integrate the functionality of Akami with other applications. Some example API methods include retrieving billing information, accessing account information, and running diagnostics.

AllmylesAllmyles API: Allmyles is a Hungarian company that provides bookable content integration for travel services. Developers can use the Allmyles API to integrate services for booking flights, hotels and car rentals. The services are RESTful and support both JSON and XML. Endpoints include Master data, Flight, Hotel, Car rental, and Booking. An API key is required.

fswirefswire API: Fswire is a social market data service that delivers relevant information to the financial markets community. The service uses proprietary algorithms to filter data from social applications such as Twitter in order to extract relevant messages that are most likely to be moving price.

Fswire offers an API for programmatic access to real time social analytics including sentiment, volume and trending for major US and UK securities. API endpoints include Securities, Analytics and Links.

Maxi ResponseMaxi Response API: Maxi Response is an email marketing service that allows you to run email marketing campaigns by helping you manage subscriber lists, create custom email templates, and run deliverability audits.

Maxi Response provides a simple REST API as part of their Transactional Email Gateway service. The Transactional Email Gateway is a simple, fast email delivery service that allows for the reliable delivery of email marketing newsletters or single recipient transactional emails with detailed delivery statistics. API documentation is available upon signup and service.

Open ResponsibilityOpen Responsibility API: Open Responsibility is an open access database for information on the sustainability work and performance of companies and institutions. It is a global database that any organization can use to share their sustainability data. Anyone can view and utilize sustainability information in the database for research, journalistic projects or other academic purposes.

Open Responsibility offers an REST API that enables developers to integrate sustainability data into new applications and tools. Methods include Organization, Document, Measure and Fund. An API key is required.

ShippoShippo API: Shippo is a shipping price comparison application. Shippo lets users compare shipping prices from multiple shipping couriers in multiple countries.

The Shippo API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality and data of Shippo with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up here: https://goshippo.com/api/.

The Noun ProjectThe Noun Project API: The Noun Project is a collection of visual icons and images that cross languages and cultures. Users can upload, share, and download images and icons from the Noun Project’s collection.

The Noun Project API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of the Noun Project with other applications. Some example API methods include returning icons, returning collections, and retrieving user information.

Transporeon Currency ConversionTransporeon Currency Conversion API: Transporeon is a web-based platform designed to handle transport logistics for industrial and trading companies. Transporeon maintains an API that is meant solely for private use. This API can either return the conversion rate for two currencies or perform a conversion from one currency to another. This service is accessible using SOAP calls issued in XML format.

Vizrt Viz OneVizrt Viz One API: Vizrt Viz One is a broadcasting workflow and asset management solution. Vizrt Viz One provides video editing, media asset management, and other video and media production features.

The Vizrt Viz One API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Vizrt Viz One with other applications. Public documentation is not available; API access comes with account service.

yetuyetu API: yetu is a smart home platform. yetu’s platform connects all smart devices in the home in one place for ease of use and standard monitoring and control.

The yetu API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of yetu with other applications and to create new applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should contact yetu for more information: info@yetu.com.

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