FI-WARE Opens Up the IoT Future to Everyone

Mark Boyd, March 20th, 2014

The open-source, Internet of Things (IoT) platform FI-WARE wants to become the core infrastructure that will empower our connected future. FI-WARE promises to support smart city infrastructure, enable intelligent factories and precision agriculture, and help entrepreneurs to carve out viable market share in a connected, IoT-enabled world. ProgrammableWeb spoke with the Chief Architect of FI-WARE, Juanjo Jose Hierro, about the progress of the open-source platform and how it will create a space at the table for innovators and businesses of all sizes.

XO Group Hosts Hack Upon A Cause: Provides ProgrammableWeb Feedback

Mark Boyd, February 10th, 2014

Media publishers XO Group hosted Hack Upon a Cause in New York last weekend. ProgrammableWeb spoke with the organizers about how to manage a hackathon aimed at solving real world problems, and checked in with the FullStack Academy winners who learned to code at a bootcamp just four weeks prior to the event.

API Commons Launched: Share Your API Code

Mark Boyd, November 5th, 2013

A new not-for-profit launched by 3scale and API Evangelist aims to help speed up the process of developing APIs by encouraging the sharing of API code and descriptions. Launched at Defrag in Denver Colorado today, API Commons provides an open source-like, Creative Commons-modelled platform for developers to share and reuse API code. Co-Founder Steve Willmott spoke to ProgrammableWeb on the eve of the launch, while his fellow co-founder Kin Lane worked behind-the-scenes to upload some government open data API code examples.

The Newsroom: Public Insight Network API Connects Journalists with Local Sources

Mark Boyd, July 15th, 2013

Public Insight NetworkThe new Public Insight Network API from American Public Media aims to help journalists and media outlets more easily connect with community sources when drafting news content based on local issues.

Using Crime Data via APIs for Good… or Evil?

Mark Boyd, July 9th, 2013

UK PoliceNew updates to the UK Police API extend the possibility of using crime data to create innovative products and services. While many of the new mashups and services that could be created from using an extended, anonymized dataset of all crimes in the UK could have benefits for local citizens and businesses, there is also the risk that the data could be used to infringe on civil liberties.

Education Hackathon Seeks To Solve Real World Problems

Mark Boyd, June 21st, 2013

100 competitors of the first HACKtivate ED hackathon – held June 14 – 16 in San Francisco, California – made use of education and location APIs and datasets in a race to solve 9 realworld education challenges. APIs used by competitors included the Edmodo API, and several location-based APIs.

CKAN API: Open Data In The Hands of The Masses

Mark Boyd, June 13th, 2013

CKANAn independent, open source platform aimed at making it easier for governments and businesses to publish open data has released a new version of their API. The CKAN API allows access to catalog listings of open datasets, full-text searches, and sharing of statistics on open data usage.

The Elgg API: Getting Social Using an Open Source Network

Greg Bates, December 14th, 2012

ElggA project of the Elgg Foundation, Elgg is a free open source social networking engine licensed to users under the GNU Public License v2. The REST Elgg API allows developers to integrate Elgg and offer new apps for it. To give a sense of its size,  1,646 plugins have been created so far by the user community, with nearly 3 million  downloads. Examples of plugins include blogs, forums, social bookmarks.

Not That Cloud: The Cliflo API and Climate Watch in New Zealand

Greg Bates, October 30th, 2012

CliFloThe Cliflo API from New Zealand’s  National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) gives access to data from 6,500 climate stations maintained by the government of New Zealand. The API webpage notes that access is by subscription, though the cost is free, suggesting that only registration and agreement with the terms and conditions are required. Access to data gathered by Pacific Island stations is restricted by agreement with Pacific Island countries. However it is possible to obtain access by permission.

Spice Up Organizing with Salsa

Greg Bates, October 30th, 2012

Salsa CommonsThe Salsa Commons API is a REST and XML API that, as Salsa explains,
“At it’s simplest, using the Salsa API may consist of just a form placed on an external website … At it’s most complex, you could use a Ruby library to authenticate, pull down information on recent supporters and events, validate that data, change it, and submit it back to the node, while generating and displaying counts of petition signers — all through the API.”

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