40 New APIs: Data.gov, SportTracks, and Instantor

Melody Clark, January 5th, 2014

This week, we had 40 new APIs added to our API directory including an application management service, an event and ticketing management service, and an IP address monitoring service. We also explored the hottest contenders for open data in 2014.

agINFRAagINFRA API: agINFRA is an Agricultural Data Infrastructure funded by the European Commission. It is designed to connect publicly available agricultural data resources from around the world and make them easily accessible to users from a unified location. The agINFRA API allows users to perform job monitoring, dataset transformation, text mining, and data harvesting functions on such resources.

American Bible Society Journeys RegistrationAmerican Bible Society Journeys Registration API: For nearly 200 years the American Bible Society has worked alongside ministry partners, Christian churches, and national Bible societies to share the Bible’s message. Journeys is an American Bible Society service that delivers a daily bible verse on a given topic by SMS or email. The American Bible Society Journeys Registration API allows developers to programmatically enable users to sign up for specific Journeys. The API allows a site to pass a cell phone number or email address to be registered.

Annual Production Figures of United States CurrencyAnnual Production Figures of United States Currency API: The Annual Production Figures of United States Currency API is a service of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The API details the number of $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 notes printed each year back to 1980.

AstroBinAstroBin API: AstroBin is an image hosting website created specifically for astrographers, specialized photographers who take photos (astrographs) of the night sky. When users upload their astrographs they can include technical information, such as the telescopes, cameras, filters, or other equipment used to acquire the astrographs. Images can also be plate solved, annotated, and watermarked before appearing on the site. AstroBin creates histograms and black-and-white images from astrographs to help spot faint regions of nebulosity or spiral arms. Site visitors can search for images based on target region, lunar phase, type of camera, type of filter, and many other variables. AstroBin users can follow other users, get notified when selected users post new images, or follow new astrographs taken with specific kinds of gear or of certain astronomical subjects. The AstroBin API is read-only and allows users to get information about astrographs and perform basic searches.

C3PI RxImageAccessC3PI RxImageAccess API: The Computational Photography Project for Pill Identification (C3PI) is a National Library of Medicine service that intends to build a standardized information infrastructure for identifying unknown Oral Solid Dosage Pharmaceuticals (pills) from digital pictures. In addition to images, the project is generating metadata such as pill descriptions and dimensions. The C3PI RxImageAccess API provides developer access to the project’s collected data. The API is able to query for images using numerous descriptive parameters such as color, shape, imprint, size, and much more. The API returns a customizable list of metadata, including elements such as active/inactive ingredients.

Cloud 66Cloud 66 API: Cloud 66 provides application stack management as a service, allowing users to easily provision, deploy, and manage their applications in the cloud. Cloud 66 provides regular database backups, memory usage monitoring, and load balancing services. The service also offers security in the form of firewall management and DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) protection.

CloudLendingIncCloudLendingInc API: Cloud Lending Inc provides technology to assist small and medium sized business to manage loan and investment portfolio for lending institutions. The Cloud Lending Inc platform allows creation of extensions for various industry verticals (eg Auto, P2P, Mortgage and Micro-Finance). The Cloud Lending Inc API allows users to integrate with the Lending Core and makes it possible to fully integrate the P2PFlex with an external website. The API lets users provide current loan information to both borrowers and investors. The API can also use the API to create investor and borrower dashboards on the website.

Croar.net CalculatorCroar.net Calculator API: Croar.net provides a simple JavaScript API that allows users to insert a calculator into any webpage using a couple lines of JavaScript code. A demo page is provided to show what the calculator looks like and how it functions. This API is free for public use.

Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentDepartment of Housing and Urban Development API: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) exposes information on certain HUD related agencies and businesses through a RESTful API. The API allows developers to programmatically search for information describing both Housing Counseling Agencies and Section 3 Businesses. This freely accessible API returns JSON formatted responses.

Department of Veterans Affairs Press ReleasesDepartment of Veterans Affairs Press Releases API: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Press Release API queries the VA press release database, allowing 3rd party applications and websites to collect and display Hey VA and VA press releases.

ExplaraExplara API: Explara is an online event registration and ticketing service. Explara helps event organizers post, manage, and track tickets for various types of events. The Explara APIs allow developers to access and integrate the functionality of Explara with other applications. Some example API methods include managing events, listing tickets, and managing event bookings. Find more on http://developers.explara.com

FuelEconomy.govFuelEconomy.gov API: FuelEconomy.gov is the official U.S. government source for fuel economy information. The site features an API that enables developers to programmatically query vehicle fuel efficiency data for a given make, model, and year. This RESTful API is able to deliver emission records, MPG data, and much more.

General Land Office RecordsGeneral Land Office Records API: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) General Land Office (GLO) provides access to Federal land conveyance records, including image access to records between 1820 to the present. GLO exposes these records through a SOAP web service. The API exposes information describing Federal Land Patents, survey plats, field notes, and Land Status Records.

Health and Human Services SyndicationHealth and Human Services Syndication API: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Storefront allows developers to programmatically import content from many HHS websites. Content is accessible through a RESTful interface. The API is able to deliver a topic-based news feed or directly access HHS content.

ImgbleImgble API: Imgble is a online service that formats a specified image to best fit in different mobile screens. The Imgble API allows users to submit images to be reformatted. The API includes features to specify the height and width, the output format, and add over 20 effects to the image. The API is free to use.

imgIXimgIX API: imgIX is an image processing service that allows users to crop, resize, and modify images, in the cloud. The imgIX API uses REST calls and allows users to modify aspects of the photo and make calls to resize, enhance, stylize, watermark, add text, and perform general changes. An account is required with service.

InkFilePickerInkFilePicker API: Ink is a file storage service that aims to power the connectivity between different user devices. The InkFilePicker API allows users to make Javascript or REST calls. The REST API returns JSON and allows the users to retrieve a file, write back to a file, store a file, and perform an image conversion. An account is required with service.

InstantorInstantor API: Instantor allows users to quickly and securely certify their identities and credit ratings for online loan applications and purchases using the log-in information for their regular financial institution. Instantor uses the same security measures as leading financial institutions to protect users’ data, and no one at Instantor can access users’ login information, change any information, or make transactions from users’ accounts. The Instantor website is available in English and Swedish.

InvoicesOnlineInvoicesOnline API: InvoiceOnline is a an invoicing service designed for small business that also offers a customer database feature. The InvoiceOnline API allows users to integrate the invoicing service into third-party applications. The service uses REST calls and returns JSON. An account is required with service.

Is EmailIs Email API: Is Email is an email address validation service that can determine whether a given email address adheres to RFC guidelines. Is Email likes to remind its users that not all ISPs adhere to RFC guidelines when they issue email addresses, so some email addresses declared invalid by this service may still work. Developers can access Is Email’s validation service programmatically via REST API.

LaCuentaLaCuenta API: LaCuenta is an invoicing service used to create and manage custom invoices with on computers or iPads. Users can scan products, manage stock and print receipts with the integrated point of sales system. The LaCuenta API uses REST calls, returns JSON, and allows users to get API keys, interact with printers, create documents, create customers, and perform other calls. An account is required with service.

MifosMifos API: Mifos is an organization comprised of microfinance institutions and IT and business professionals who work to expand the technological capacity of micro-lending networks to increase their impact around the world. The Mifos API allows users programmatic access to the Mifos platform through REST calls. An account is required with service.

National Terrorism Advisory SystemNational Terrorism Advisory System API: The National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) is a service of the Department of Homeland Security designed to effectively communicate information about terrorist threats. The NTAS is exposed as a simple API able to deliver alerts as discreet XML files or as an XML feed. Alerts contain structured data fields such as summary and details, location or region, duration, “how to help”, and much more.

Nationwide Gravesite LocationsNationwide Gravesite Locations API: The Nationwide Gravesite Locations API is a data.gov web service providing programmatic access to gravesite locations of U.S. veterans and beneficiaries. This data is provided by a variety of sources, meaning some results contain more information than others. The API is able to return structured data fields such as name, birth or death date, and detailed cemetery information.

NOAA Severe Weather Data InventoryNOAA Severe Weather Data Inventory API: The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is a service of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The NCDC is responsible for preserving, monitoring, assessing, and providing public access to climate and historical weather data. The Severe Weather Data Inventory (SWDI) is a dataset of severe weather records for the U.S. The database integrates records from a variety of NCDC sources. The SWDI API provides programmatic access to the database. The API is able to specify a dataset and date range, and filter results using a variety of parameters.

Payscape AdvisorsPayscape Advisors API: Payscape Advisors provides financial tools to help businesses accept payments, streamline their business, and increase cash flow. The Payscape Advisors’ payment gateway is programmatically accessible through an API. Applications are able to request transactions through several methods, each with varying ease of integration, features, required resources, and level of security. The API is also able to retrieve transaction data and manage shopping carts.

PopClogsPopClogs API: PopClogs is a website where people can post and share their life goals – things they want to accomplish before they “pop their clogs.” People can explore each others’ goals and lists to get inspiration for their own. The PopClogs API allows users to manage their goals, retrieve lists of goals, manage their comments, follow other users, and manage their own accounts programmatically.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder ProgramsPosttraumatic Stress Disorder Programs API: The Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Programs API is a service of the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) that exposes information from the DVA’s Facilities and Leadership Directory database. This SOAP web service delivers structured information for a treatment facility, including name, address, and program type.

RBL WatcherRBL Watcher API: RBL Watcher allows users to check and monitor IP addresses against 77 Real-time Blackhole Lists (RBLs). These are lists of IP addresses linked to activities such as spamming. Developers can use the RBL Watcher API to retrieve all of the IP addresses they’re watching and, of those, the ones that are blacklisted and the ones that are not blacklisted. They can also add or remove an IP address from their watchlist or retrieve details on a given IP address.

RoninAppRoninApp API: Ronin is a time tracking and invoice service designed for small businesses and freelance workers. Ronin manages clients, projects, invoices and estimates. The RoninApp API provides programmatic access to account data through REST calls and a returns JSON or JSONP. An account is required with service, and SSL is used for authentication.

ShivtrShivtr API: Shivtr is a service for creating online gaming communities with up to six games on each community website. Shivtr supports hundreds of games across many platforms and genres. Its websites are mobile friendly and come with attractive, customizable themes. Users can alter their theme’s banner, wallpaper, fonts, colors, or even CSS code. The Shivtr API allows developers to interact with their community site and its data programmatically to create widgets or connect apps to Shivtr.

SmallInvoiceSmallInvoice API: SmallInvoice is an invoice servce designed for small and medium sized businesses, as well as freelance workers. The base service is free to use, and additional tiers of service are available. The SmallInvoice API uses REST calls and allows users to perform tasks involving user accounts and invoices. Sample calls include creating invoices, submitting invoices, accepting offers, drafting receipts, and other calls. An account is required with service.

SOI County-to-County Migration DataSOI County-to-County Migration Data API: Statistics of Income (SOI) County-to-County Migration Data is a dataset exposed by Data.gov. The data describes year-to-year address changes between counties and states as reported on individual tax returns. Migration data is exposed through two distinct methods. The Inflow method returns data on the number of new residents in a county or state and where those residents migrated from. The Outflow method returns data on the number of residents leaving a county or state and where they went. Both methods are able to return the total gross income of the migrants.

SportTracksSportTracks API: SportTracks is a fitness tracking service that aims to work with as many devices, applications, sensors, and web services as possible. It can pull users’ fitness data from their fitness tracking devices and applications, bringing it all together in one location. SportTracks focuses on delivering clear and useful data for fitness training rather than on social networking. SportTracks is designed to meet the needs of runners, swimmers, and cyclists; support for other athletes is being added continuously.

TicketbudTicketbud API: Ticketbud is a free online ticketing platform that supports users in creating and managing events. Using Ticketbud, users can create an event, add customizable tickets, publish and promote the event, and manage entry. The Ticketbud API allows developers to view event and ticket data. The API is currently read-only, but Ticketbud intends to add the ability to create events and purchase tickets.

U.S. Office of Scientific and Technical InformationU.S. Office of Scientific and Technical Information API: The Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) is the Department of Energy (DOE) office responsible for collecting, preserving, and disseminating scientific and technical information in the form of DOE R&D results. The OSTI API exposes several of the office’s collections. 3rd party applications can query these collections. The API is able to sort and limit results, search with wildcards, and much more.

U.S. Trademark Status and Document RetrievalU.S. Trademark Status and Document Retrieval API: The Trademark Status and Document Retrieval API is a service of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The API allows 3rd party applications to query data and documents related to trademarks. The API is able to search by serial, reference, or registration number.

UNDP Human Development DataUNDP Human Development Data API: The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP’s) Human Development Reports focus on metrics such as information access, good nutrition and health services, job security, safety from crime and violence, quality leisure time, and political freedom. All of the data for the Human Development Report is contained in 14 statistical tables, which are accessible programmatically via REST calls.

WorldCoin Price TickerWorldCoin Price Ticker API: WorldCoin Price Ticker is a free service that provides the current average WorldCoin price. WorldCoin is a cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin. The Price Ticker website provides the exchange rates between WorldCoin and Bitcoin and between WorldCoin and U.S. dollars. These prices are updated once per minute.

Yodlee InteractiveYodlee Interactive API: Yodlee is a financial service provider that serves banks and financial services firms. The service aims to provide a full financial picture of consumers to optimize sales and solutions to best suit customer needs. The Yodlee Interactive API is a REST based service that allows third-party applications to interact with the Yodlee platform to create and manipulate customer data. The API can be used to categorize transactions, reduce fraud, drive activation, enable new FinApps, and grow a user base. An account is required with service.

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