The opportunities for European startups to access government open data via APIs to create innovative business models are yet to materialize. That’s the read-between-the-lines message from a panel session hosted today at Internetdagarna, a two-day Swedish cloud industry event that will tomorrow see a full day’s program hosted by NordicAPIs.
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 past week 8 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 15 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Gecko Landmarks, MapBox, Mogreet, TripAdvisor and WMATA. The most often used APIs this week are Expedia, Facebook Graph and Google Maps. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (4 APIs, 5 mashups), Mapping (4 APIs, 6 mashups) and Travel (2 APIs, 2 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
MapBox, builder of open source tools for map creation, has just won more than half a million dollars to focus it’s development efforts on the OpenStreetMap project. This is a big win for the mapping community because this grant will further the development of the community at OpenStreetMap as well as strengthen the open source toolset that the MapBox team has been creating. This funding might also serve as a confidence boost for MapBox API consumers.
The Crunchbase API is getting an upgrade and now requires API keys. Factual added a bunch of new data in the US and globally to its Factual Places API. Plus: OpenStreetMap funding for MapBox, Klout as a business and 15 new APIs.
Amazon CloudFront announces new updates to its service to help developers build even faster applications. Google calls for developers across Africa to participate in the upcoming Google Places API Developer Challenge. Plus: 4Chan brings the future of memes with the release of its API and 14 new APIs.
Google has some big changes for its database-like Google Fusion Tables API. Conference agenda site Lanyrd is using the foursquare API to make event check-ins more useful. Plus: PadMapper finds a Craigslist API, ESRI buys a mapping startup and 21 new APIs.
Super-blog Huffington Post is sharing the political polling data it collects via its first API. Flickr map updates shows someone is paying attention to geo at Yahoo. Plus: a solution to the “Twitter problem,” the print button and 13 new APIs.