The US Department of Education has issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the use of APIs in higher education data, student aid programs and processes. The goal of the RFI is to gather ideas that will increase the openness of higher education data, processes, and aid to students and families. The RFI is directed towards all interested parties, and submissions will be accepted through June 2, 2014.
Facebook has released an open source version of Hack, a programming language developed by Facebook that targets HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM) and is designed to interoperate seamlessly with PHP. Hack was built to maintain the fast PHP development cycle while allowing for addition of features available in other modern programming languages.
APIs are at the heart of a new initiative aimed at giving the U.S. government the agility and flexibility needed to serve today’s citizens, communities and businesses. The White House’s General Services Administration (GSA) has established “18F,” a new department aimed at providing open source tools and demonstrating new ways of working with entrepreneurs and innovators to deliver digital services to government agencies, businesses and citizens.
Every year, Americans spend more than $3 trillion on healthcare, a figure that is projected to rise to $5 trillion in the next decade. With healthcare spending approaching 20% of the U.S. GDP, a huge effort is underway to control costs. Not surprisingly, many believe that technology has a key role to play in increasing efficiency and reducing unnecessary expenditures, and significant investments in technology are creating opportunities for healthcare technology businesses.
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.
In a keynote at this morning’s program of the API Strategy and Practice conference in Amsterdam, Webshell founder Mehdi Medjaoui urged API providers to “take a leap of faith” and agree on an open API definition that can be shared across the industry.
For a public API, adoption is key. Finding the right developers can be resource-intensive. Few can afford to blanket the web and every conference in advertising. Even if you could, the results might not be nearly as good as the methods covered below. In this post, I’ll provide an overview of five or six ways to increase API adoption, along with specific tactics within each strategy.
Google Maps makes inserting maps into websites even easier with the Embed API. Crane Merchandizing Systems launches an API for vending machines. Plus: Nest opens its API, APISpark 2.0 is released, and 5 new APIs.
Among other things, SXSW is a celebration of where we are going. Be it art, music, technology, the environment, education … the people at SXSW tend to have their finger on the pulse of those things that are changing the way the world works, plays and interacts.
Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp was obviously a boon for WhatsApp’s founders, employees and investors, but it also proved to be a good thing for several of WhatsApp’s biggest competitors.