Tribune Media Services, a leading provider of TV, movie, celebrity and other entertainment related metadata, has announced the launch of OnConnect Managed Services, a Data as a Service (DaaS) platform that provides a set of new data delivery APIs and a new image hosting service that developers can use to create advanced, entertainment driven, third-party applications.
This week we had 69 new APIs added to our API directory including a targeted online content distribution service, interview scheduling and conducting platform, mobile SMS messaging platform, social screenshot sharing and a photo sharing and social networking platform. In addition we covered ImageShack’s Yfrog Social taking on the big guns of the social networking space. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
The Gnip API continues its focus on social data, providing new ways to filter the Twitter firehose. There are a lot of complaints about OAuth, but one presentation warns not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Plus: New York Times announces new developer events, a new API billionaire and 18 new APIs.
Kasabi has just moved into public beta. The private beta is over, and Kasabi is openly ready and willing to become your data marketplace. This is similar to what the primates over at InfoChimps are doing: building a community around data sets and APIs. The Kasabi API collection feels like a first attempt at standardizing the task of designing an API for accessing a dataset.
The number of “as a Service” types continues to grow and we are even seeing services that help you build your own service. PublishMyData falls into this category as it offers Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) which enables you to offer your Data as a Service (DaaS). The company’s focus is to help those with data share it in a standard format and in an accessible way.
Data 2.0 is a conference about information accessibility and how open data can solve problems in business, social and government. Coming next week from San Francisco, the conference will see companies like InfoChimps, Factual and FluidInfo (who all have APIs) coming together to explore the continued opening of data. Yet, the conference is also perfectly timed to discuss the recent news that some U.S. open data initiatives may not survive the month.
Over the past few months at PW we’ve noticed steady increase in the number of mentions of Data as a Service (DaaS) and this trend looks to continue. Our first post on the subject was by a guest author Pete Soderling who introduced us to the concept and discussed pricing models. Then we continued the theme by posting about a partnership between a stock data site and an open data platform, working together to deliver a stock historical data API. The latest big move in this area sees NASDAQ creating a Data-On-Demand service accessible through a Web API.
A partnership between a stock data site and open data platform Factual points to a potential direction of data sharing. Rather than build an API of its own, a company may choose to distribute its data through another platform, which in turn has the API for developers and other partners to access. That’s the choice StockPup made and if monetization options were in place, others might do the same.
A thought provoking article, at O’Reilly’s Radar blog is set to change the general view about how we look at APIs and the data that they expose. Data or content is getting more valuable and the need to get access to data being held by the API publisher is more or likely going to undergo severe pressure thereby unlocking the true value of data.