Fantasy football leagues have added a new dimension to watching National Football League (NFL) games. In fact, fantasy football has become so popular that NFL.com is applying its considerable online resources to make sure that fantasy football is played on its own site rather than on any of a hundred others.
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.
ProgrammableWeb recently caught up with Matt Sundquist, founder and COO of Plot.ly, a graphing and analytics startup. The Plotly API enables users to analyze and visualize data in one place, and forms an important step in building the infrastructure for data science to be further democratized. Sundquist spoke about the Plot.ly API, comparing it with existing visual solutions, and how visual data science solutions can evolve.
This week, we had 41 new APIs added to our API directory including a payroll service API, an open-source database for Bitcoin averages, and a weather service that provides information on ski and mountain conditions. We also discuss how Cisco is providing a foundation for the emerging “Internet of Things (IoT)” phenomenon.
Load Impact has started accepting applications for beta access to its Load Impact Continuous Delivery Service. Keen IO has launched a toolkit that allows developers access to its API to consolidate disparate backend data. Plus, Oracle licenses VMware Storage APIs, and 6 new APIs.
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 42 new APIs added to our API directory including an international repository of scientific and medical data, Spanish-language mass texting service, list management, creation, and sharing service, location information utilizing a site visitors IP address, and mobile coupon management service that enables users to design, manage, and distribute coupon campaigns. In addition, we added an office sports tracking platform to our directory.
It’s a natural part of the API lifecycle for some to no longer be available. According to the ProgrammableWeb directory, about 13% of those that were once alive are now considered “deadpooled.” Of the companies tracked in the directory, Google tops the list with 33 discontinued APIs. However, it also has the most APIs. Percentage-wise, a handful of phone carriers seem most apt to kill APIs.
PayPal makes its new REST APIs available to developers around the world. The Clinton Foundation sponsors a health codeathon. Plus: QQ Solutions API released for insurance management system, new innovation center in downtown Moscow, and 5 new APIs.