Code for Seattle and other civic hackathons this weekend. Cyborgs and self-aware robots to start demanding equal access to APIs? Plus: WSO2 Rome workshop on implementing an API in an SOA, Smart API is released, and 6 new APIs.
In the fast growing tradition of civic hackathons, CodeAcross Seattle has scheduled one for February 22, 10 AM to 6 PM at Google, 651 North 34 Street.
The organizers commented:
We’re bringing together local governments, businesses, schools, and community organizations, as well as social service organizations, media outlets, foundations, and the public to collaborate on civic innovation that will help our residents and improve our region.
CodeforAmerica is organizing events this weekend around the world, from Arlington, Virginia to Zagreb Croatia. Can’t fine one near you? Organizers invite you to start an event in your town.
For the Seattle event, people will be working on the open data inventory challenge, the open data policy challenge, and the open civic data scraper challenge. Registration via Meetup is free.
Food and data provided.
“God help us when the self-aware robots and cyborgs get in on the act and start pushing API openness for their autonomic systems.”
So begins Adrian Bridgwater’s wonderful column, Robots demanding equal API rights? It’s just a matter of time. Hmmm. We know what a robocop looks like. What about a robocivil rights lawyer? As Bridgwater explains, it’s inevitable:
If it’s not cyborgs demanding equal API rights in the real world, then it could very conceivably be robotic drones, industrial turbines, automobiles and toasters.
These ‘devices’ (note: your toaster is now a device) should be able to plug downward into consumer level social media streams and upward into enterprise level performance monitoring solutions to fully inter-function.
Put simply, if it does stuff and you can turn it on, it needs an API to join planet Earth, as we know it today.
He quotes Phil Chambers, the CTO of project management software company Podio, who points out that they built pieces of their platform to be available as APIs, giving external developers the same access as they granted their own. This is fast becoming the normal way of doing business. From that perspective, the leap to a time when machines might be gobbling APIs up faster than human developers seems small.
Today we had 6 new APIs added to our API directory including an israeli bitcoin marketplace, an online social image management for job hunting, an online merchant platform and a dutch educational data. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Bit2c API: Bit2c Ltd is an Israeli company that provides a monetary exchange system with Bitcoins. The Bit2c API uses REST calls, and returns JSON. The API allows users to access various trade resources including the orderbook, and transactions. An authenticated users can query to view account balances, add orders, get orders, cancel orders, get order history, and create merchant credentials. An account is required with service, and SSL and an API key are used for authentication.
CrewRevu API: CrewRevu allows users to create a snapshot of their online social activity to give employers a better idea of who they are and present their own personal brand. Users can showcase information taken from LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. The service comes with a discriminatory information filter which allows potential employers to view profile information without legal complications.
ListSellTrade API: ListSellTrade is a merchant site that allows users to access online auctions, fixed price listings, business sale listings, classified advertising, recruitment, as well as to promote a users business. The ListSellTrade API allows users to automatically list entire product ranges and update it every 24 hours. An account and an API Key are required with service.
Open Onderwijs Data API: Open Onderwijs Data (Open Education Data) is an organization that connects citizens to data from the Dutch educational system.
The Open Onderwijs Data API provides developers with a unified programmatic interface for accessing data from various institutions, including DUO (the Education Executive Service), the Home Education Inspectorate, and the Windows for Accountability program.
SpotOption API: SpotOption is a binary option trading platform that allows users engage and provide option trading. A Binary Option, also known as Digital Options or FROs, is a prediction of the direction of a stock, commodity, index, or foreign currency will move by a designated expiry time. The SpotOption API allows users to integrate platform into third-party platforms and applications. An account is required with service.
WeerAPI API: WeerAPI is an unofficial API that scrapes basic weather data from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI). WeerAPI delivers data from 36 monitoring stations. Datatypes include temperature, humidity, wind speed, visibility, and air pressure.