43 Metadata APIs: Fluidinfo, Ontos and Associated Press Metadata

Matthew Scott, December 10th, 2013

CalaisOur API directory now includes 43 metadata APIs. The newest is the OpenStreetMap Taginfo API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Calais API. We list 17 Calais mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of metadata APIs.


The Importance of Impermanence in API Design

Guest Author, August 6th, 2013

At the API Craft un-conference this week in Detroit, some of the best minds in the API business gathered to talk over the problems that plague us most. It was a unique event in that the agenda was set and run by the attendees in true meet-up fashion. Quakers will recognize the format – for the conference kick-off, the group sits in silence until someone is moved to suggest a session. You suggest it, you run it and anyone who attends your session also participates in it. The sessions are true whiteboard brainstorming activities, with the outcomes posted into Github for future reading.


Best New Mashups: The Latest News Mashups

Wendell Santos, July 19th, 2013

TwitterGetting your news should be a relatively painless process. The sheer amount of it along with the untold number of sources can make it hard to separate the signal from the noise however. With the recent shutdown of Google Reader, many of us are still looking for the best tool to aggregate news. This week we’ll look at a few recent mashups that promise to keep you informed with the latest news. Read below for more details.


9 APIs Used in 7 Days: Indeed, Bing Translator and BBC

Wendell Santos, June 1st, 2013

This past week 6 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 9 different APIs were used to build them. and ome of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Evernote. The most often used APIs this week are Bing Translator, Forvo and indeed. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Shopping (2 APIs, 2 mashups), Utility (2 APIs, 2 mashups) and Mapping (1 APIs, 1 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:


The Zoobank API: Tools for Verifying the Originality of Species

Greg Bates, March 1st, 2013

ZooBankQuick, what do these ten people have in common: Richard Dawkins, Bob Marley, Beyonce, John Cleese, George Bush, Kate Winslet, Adolph Hitler, David Attenborough and Hugh Hefner? Forget that question for the moment and concentrate on something more important. Zoobank, the world’s official registry of Zoological Nomenclature, has released the Zoobank API.


The Vizrt Escenic API: The Next Step in Keeping Major Content Providers Content

Greg Bates, February 26th, 2013

Vizrt Escenic Content EngineVizrt (pronounced Viz-R-Tee, short for Vizualization in Real Time), has a series of Javascript and RESTful APIs that provides access to Vizrt’s Escenic Content Engine for media/broadcast organizations. The REST APIs allow developers to use the Esconic platform in PHP and .NET, among other programming languages.


Viki Video: Over 10,000 Videos in 150 languages Means Never Having to Say Rerun

Greg Bates, December 27th, 2012

VikiTired of American TV? Tired of TV in English? Escape to Viki, the leading global TV and movie network, which provides videos with crowd sourced translations in 150 languages. The Viki API allows your users to browse more than 10,000 videos by genre, country, and language, plus search across the entire database. They have over 1 billion views. The API uses OAuth2.0 authentication, REST, with responses in either JSON or XML.


Talking Outside the Box: An Interview About Box’s API Plans

Adam Bannister, December 20th, 2012

Box.netThere is a bold new version of the Box.net API, as the enterprise-focused file sharing company iterates on its platform. In the interview below, we discuss the future of APIs with Box’s Peter Rexer, the first in a series conducted by ProgrammableWeb and Hojoki (where I work), an aggregation tool for apps such as Google Drive, Dropbox and Evernote, that helps support team work.


152 UK APIs: BBC, BBC Music and CloudMade

Wendell Santos, November 13th, 2012

BBCOur API directory now includes 152 UK APIs. The newest is the Service-X API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the BBC API. We list 28 BBC mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of UK APIs.


CastingWords API: To Transcribe is… Human?

Greg Bates, November 1st, 2012

CastingWordsThe CastingWords API allows you to put their 100% human transcription service into your company’s workflow. The API’s technical webpage describes the API as “RESTish,” with responses returned in a variety of formats.  The site states that, “The goal is not to follow REST’s practices closely, but rather to make an easy API to get up to speed with using a dynamic language or curl.


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