Here is an interview with Karthik Ram, who has co-created the rOpenSci project, which helps make REST APIs consumable by the R language. Developers can take note of this – R is one of the widely used statistical languages in the world, and has many GUIs for making advanced data mining easily available.
Quick, what do these ten people have in common: Richard Dawkins, Bob Marley, Beyonce, John Cleese, George Bush, Kate Winslet, Adolph Hitler, David Attenborough and Hugh Hefner? Forget that question for the moment and concentrate on something more important. Zoobank, the world’s official registry of Zoological Nomenclature, has released the Zoobank API.
The HQCasanova Weekly CO2 API is incredibly simple. It’s also a frighteningly clear measurement of how our planet is doing. It measures the level of CO2 in the air in parts per million (ppm), a major player in causing global climate disruption.
Reegle serves as a clean energy information portal. Founded on the belief that up to date, quality information on renewables, energy efficiency and climate change is fundamental to reformed energy policy and an accelerated clean energy marketplace; Reegle specifically targets governments, project developers, businesses, financiers, NGOs, and academia with its offering. The Reegle tagging API automates the tagging process to simplify discovery and organization.
So just how is your App doing? Got calls on your API? How many? StatHat API makes it possible to answer these types of questions statistically and to chart the data to pick out trends and patterns. Seeing is comprehending.
Understanding the usage of your publications used to be easy: if it’s a book, count the sales. A magazine? Count the subscriptions. An article–count the circulation of the hosting publication. If you’re a librarian, just look at how many times it was checked out. For impact, count citations. The digital universe requires new tools to measure these and the Scholarly IQ API is Scholarly’s app for putting them right into your application. Scholarly IQ uses SUSHI to harvest COUNTER usage statistics.
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.
What if you published ground-breaking research. Would anybody notice? How would you know they noticed? Such questions aren’t just for the narcissistic mad scientists among us. What if you funded the research? You’d want to know the impact. Altmetric tracks “article level mentions”. These metrics are defined by the Public Library of Science (PLOS) as measuring usage, citations, social bookmarking and activity, media coverage (including blogs), ratings and discussion activity. The Altmetric API provides access to its metrics that are derived from its database of over 300,000 articles and over 8,000 journals.
Figshare’s aim is to make unpublished research and data accessible by publishing it using a liberal creative commons. Research is posted in a citable manner. Recognizing that some research needs to be kept private, Figshare also provides account holders with a free gig for private storage. Uploading is straightforward and Figshare accepts any file format. Researchers uploading material get a profile page, and are encourage to share as much as possible to increase their impact. The Figshare REST API amplifies the impact of the shared data by giving developers access
Isaac Asimov once said, “Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” An interesting opinion, but what if it applied to…robots? Roboearth is a database of robot experiences that can be shared with other robots. The Roboearth API gives developers access to the data stored on a cloud. Through the API you can search for “action recipes”, environments, even individual robots connected to the network.