In Spring 2011, the New York Public Library (NYPL) launched one of the largest culinary data projects of all time: What’s on the Menu?. The NYPL maintains one of the world’s largest menu collections (around 45,000 menus dating back to the 1840s). The project aims to ease searching through this massive dataset. In simplifying menu search, What’s on the Menu launched the first NYPL public API.
IKANOW, open source big data platform provider, has released a Developer API. Much in line with the company’s broader mission and message, the goal of the API showcases focus and simplicity: “[M]ake it simple for developers to gather, harvest and enrich a diverse array of structured and unstructured datasources and build compelling data driven applications.” IKANOW built the Developer API on its Infinit.e platform (i.e. its flagship analytics product).
Nature Publishing Group (NPG), leading publisher of high impact scientific and medical information, has launched the OpenSearch API that provides an open, bibliographic search service for nature.com. The API grants developers access to over half a million research articles.
Treasure Data’s open source approach to big data and the cloud promises a speedy setup, just days rather than months. The Treasure Data REST API allows organizations to forego having an IT person involved in transiting to the cloud. The set up is Hadoop-based cloud warehousing using Apache Hive.
ProgrammableWeb recently reported about the launch of the new YouTube Data API Version 3.0 (experimental) which includes a New Topics API and Universal Search feature powered by Freebase. This post provides an overview of the Freebase API which allows the YouTube Data API to perform search queries using Freebase IDs instead of keywords.
There’s a major shift under way in terms of how applications are being developed for the enterprise and the cloud. With the rise of more powerful multicore processors and relatively inexpensive Flash memory, more application logic is running in memory than ever. In fact, the line between the database and application logic running in memory is starting to blur.
Factual provides easy access to the data that drives mobile, web, and enterprise applications. Factual recently improved upon its 58 million points of interest when it enhanced its Restaurants Data. Factual added over 400,000 restaurants to its database (bringing the total count over 1.2 million) and expanded the attributes available. The company provides the Factual API that enables developers to access this data.
The University of Michigan Medical School created the Vaccine Investigation and Online Information Network (VIOLIN) because the vaccine research field lacked a web-based central repository where researchers could easily retrieve the vast amount of data underlying hundreds of years of research. Not only has VIOLIN provided the online database, the database is easily accessible via the VIOLIN API.
Captricity, dedicated to transforming data trapped on paper into digital form, announced the public release of its API. Originally, customers accessed Captricity’s technology via a web portal. In August, Captricity launched a beta API. Over the past few months, Captricity enhanced its API under the Code for America Accelerator program (one of seven startups to qualify for the honor). Captricity announced the API’s public availability at Code for America’s Demo Day.
The Semantic Research API documentation is not publicly available. The company specializes in knowledge structures which primarily have to do with law enforcement and intelligence.