Mapbox adds a new navigation service for apps. Cloudwords releases APIs and new machine translation capability. Plus: Convergence Innovation competition winners, CA Technologies simplifies enterprise cloud and mobile delivery, and 3 new APIs.
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.
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.