The Vizrt Escenic API: The Next Step in Keeping Major Content Providers Content

Greg Bates, February 26th, 2013

Vizrt Escenic Content EngineVizrt (pronounced Viz-R-Tee, short for Vizualization in Real Time), has a series of Javascript and RESTful APIs that provides access to Vizrt’s Escenic Content Engine for media/broadcast organizations. The REST APIs allow developers to use the Esconic platform in PHP and .NET, among other programming languages.


SmartFile Releases Version 2 of Platform and Includes Brand New API

Janet Wagner, February 1st, 2013

SmartFileSmartFile, a web-based FTP hosting and file sharing platform, has just announced the release of the new and improved Version 2 SmartFile Platform that includes many new features, a new user interface and a brand new API.


App.Net’s File API Adds Fuel to Social Media Unrest

Michael Vizard, January 29th, 2013

App.netMore often than not all it takes to start a revolution is somebody who is angry enough to change the status quo. Ever since the dawn of social media sites the predominant business model has been variations of the walled garden approach to content originally pioneered by America Online (AOL). Today that walled garden approach manifests itself in the form of APIs that have been locked down by social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.


OpenMedia.io Aims to Open Entertainment Media with Free API

Eric Carter, January 17th, 2013

Wacku has launched a non-profit open API in the broadcast media space: OpenMedia.io. The OpenMedia.io platform collects video and other media from human and machine-readable sources. In turn, the API updates users when need additions or changes have been made to the library. Currently most of its sources include YouTube videos, Podcasts, Web-TV series, and some movies. The OpenMedia.io team has invited the major broadcasters and studios to participate in its open project to no avail.


Scholarly IQ: It’s All about Usage for Publishers, Libraries, and Third Party Providers

Greg Bates, January 8th, 2013

Scholarly iQUnderstanding 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.


The Stipple API: Embed the Story Behind the Photo and a Lot More

Greg Bates, December 28th, 2012

StippleThe Stipple API is free, has no request limits as of yet, and OAUTH 2 will be supported in the future. According to its website on the API, it is “inspired by REST”. Stipple announces its rare downtime, which is usually used to migrate data, via its twitter account.


Here Come the Public Media Platform APIs

Curtis C. Chen, December 27th, 2012

NPRLast week, National Public Radio (NPR) announced the formation of a new non-profit organization to oversee development of a Public Media Platform (PMP) which “will allow public media producers and stations to gather their digital content in one place, and cost-effectively distribute it across digital platforms.” The PMP also received $8 million in funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to support building APIs to provide access to that content.


Cheezburger Launches New API: Lolcats, Memes and Funny Pictures for Everyone

Janet Wagner, December 18th, 2012

CheezburgerCheezburger, one of the largest social humor networks on the Internet, has launched a new Cheezburger API which allows developers to create innovative applications (web, mobile and desktop) where users can experience the Cheezburger platform by sharing lolcats, memes, and other funny pictures.


Google Apps Management Tool Wins API Mashups Contest

Eric Carter, December 12th, 2012

Between September and November of 2012, coders and API enthusiasts submitted their best API concoctions in the 4th API Mashup Contest. Developers around the world were invited to participate in the growing competition that invites innovative ideas and offers invaluable feedback and opportunities. A Google Apps management tool took first place, with gifting, photo, music and video apps rounding out the top five.


ProPublica Forensics API: Peeling Back the CSI Fantasy to Reveal Patchwork Justice

Greg Bates, December 4th, 2012

ProPublica ForensicsThe ProPublica Forensics API allows access to data from Propublica’s investigation into the quality of autopsies across America. The API provides “state and county-level data about coroner and medical examiner systems in the United States.” The RESTful API is available in JSON, XML and JSON-P formats. An astounding variety of data are available, from the ratio of autopsies to what is expected, to the number of uncertified pathologists working in a state or county system, and on and on.


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