In recent months, the number of government open data APIs has been increasing rapidly due to a variety of factors including the development of open data technology platforms, the launch of Project Open Data and a recent White House executive order regarding government data. This post is a general overview of several recent factors that have led to the rise of government open data APIs.
There is a category of vendors on the rise in the API space; Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). The term is fairly new and there is some debate as to the definition and features of vendors that would be classified in the iPaaS category. This post is an overview of iPaaS and features several vendors that offer iPaaS solutions.
If things are moving so fast, why haven’t we caught up yet? Why can’t my stove automatically set a timer for 10 minutes every time I turn a burner on–and why can’t I receive that alarm on my iPhone while I’m upstairs, in time to rush back down and save dinner? I’m thrilled that the Nest thermostat is out there. But it is simultaneously cool while reminding us that this transition to the Internet of things (IoT) where everything is connected up is going to be a long slog. Okay, faster than chipping our way out of the Stone Age. Still.
At the June 2013 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple announced some of the new features in iOS 7, including enhanced in-car integration described by Apple as “bringing an Apple designed experience into the car for the first time.”
This post features the three categories of connected car services; Infotainment, Navigation and Telematics as well as several recent news announcements. According to Connected Cars World, the trade association divides connected car services into three categories; Infotainment, Navigation and Telematics.
The “Car as a Platform” wars have been heating up for some time now and ProgrammableWeb has published several posts on the topic, including: “Car as a Platform Wars: GM Joins Ford” by Adam DuVander, “Ford Launches Program That Provides Developers Ability to Create Vehicle-Controlled, Voice-Activated Smartphone Apps” by Janet Wagner, and “Have You Driven a Ford API Lately? Round Up on the Connected Car” by Greg Bates.
Of the many APIs we publishes this week, eleven were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll toss those eleven into the spotlight, which include the Data Science Toolkit API. The API is a collection of open data sets and open-source tools for data science. These tools consists of Geodict, Text to Places, File to Text, Street Address Coordinates, and 6 more that can be found on their website. To learn more about the Data Science Toolkit API visit the Data Science site as well as the Data Science Toolkit API blog post.
ProgrammableWeb is known for publishing the number of public APIs in its directory, and they regularly present an impressive graph that shows how this number has increased exponentially over time. However, not all APIs are public, and ProgrammableWeb is not able to obtain information on how many non-public APIs exist.
On November 26th, 2012 the ProgrammableWeb API directory reached the milestone of 8,000 APIs. This is a long way from the 32 APIs ProgrammableWeb started out with back in the Summer of 2005.
When a federal judge declared in June that software APIs aren’t covered by copyright law, it was a major victory not just for Google against Oracle, but for the API developers and users alike.