Open data startup Enigma has released its platform to the public and now provides the open Enigma API so that developers can begin drawing on open data sources and feeding them into their applications. Co-founder Marc DaCosta spoke with ProgrammableWeb about the importance of encouraging developer involvement, and why Enigma can succeed when other open data platforms have had difficulties building a sustainable model.
Open data advocates are often challenged to demonstrate the benefits and share the use cases of opening data before being able to encourage the next level of enabling access to open data via API. Now, two new U.S. resources are available that provide a more granular insight into how businesses are using open data to create products and power the next wave of industry innovation.
Civic APIs are in the spotlight across the two days of API Strategy and Practice being held in Amsterdam. Workshops, several panel sessions, keynote speakers, and fireside chats are all focused directly on how cities are opening up their data and introducing APIs into the ways they work with citizens and local businesses. Even discussions of the Internet of Things or realtime data are expected to reference the progress being made by cities to become smarter by using APIs.
New enterprise Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) provider ClearBlade today opened up public beta access to its platform, promising “immediately usable APIs.”
Open data content and discovery platform Enigma today has announced investor funding of $4.5 million to propel the start-up’s next phase of growth. Key to Enigma’s early success has been a heavy focus on data cleaning and a customer on-boarding strategy that has targeted just a handful of industry sectors. The next phase will see the development of “more scoped APIs” and a broader targeting of enterprise customers, according to Marc DaCosta, cofounder of Enigma, who spoke with ProgrammableWeb in the lead-up to today’s announcement.
A book about open data, to be released in January—and the launch of a pilot website showcasing open data businesses—both forecast a big year for open data in 2014, and highlight the importance of APIs in powering this new wave of innovation. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Joel Gurin, author of Open Data Now, and reviewed some of the businesses that make up the preliminary Open Data 500 list.
In a presentation to the recent Open Knowledge Foundation conference in Switzerland, MapBox CEO Eric Gundersen argued that open data business models will be an ‘intermediary’s game’: a model that will position open APIs as the key tool in creating business value.
This week we had 40 new APIs added to our API directory including an application to help users learn and analyze the art market, a platform that brings together thousands of data sources, a completely automated trading environment giving access to liquidity streams and pricing, and an adaptive search engine provider. In addition, we profiled an API that allows suers to virtually fit their clothing before buying it online.
KidoZen, leading provider of mobile platform as a service, announced that Salesforce.com’s mobile APIs are now part of KidoZen’s backend as a service platform. Vivante has launched its new Vega IP product line that includes new API support, and 7 new APIs.
Guidebox offers unified search API for video content. Tadaweb manipulates “small” data without having users write code. Plus: Nordic API conference starts September 18 in Stockholm, Urban Airship supports iOS 7, and 5 new APIs.