Mapping Meaning: How MercyCorps Uses Google Maps

Adam DuVander, June 17th, 2009

mercycorp-logo1Developers have seen the value of mapping APIs. Look no further than our list of map mashups for proof that there’s a lot of value in maps to visualize location data. But how useful are web maps to a humanitarian organization? When you’re working in more than 30 countries, as MercyCorps is, perhaps the answer is obvious.

Hack the Brooklyn Museum

Bill Albright, April 1st, 2009

bmuseumAmong the collections in the Brooklyn Museum are found eleven bronze sculptures by Rodin, five seminal Judy Chicago works, two Edward Hopper iconic paintings, and now one open-to-the-public API, with no admission fee. The API allows for programmatic search of the digitized collections of the museum, which encompasses more than 10,000 individual works. More details at our new Brooklyn Museum API Profile.

Change the Web, Change the World

John Musser, March 5th, 2009

changethewebSocial Actions takes actions posted on the web from more than forty different socially progressive organizations, and aggregates them into a common format for easy discovery. The actions are concrete activities like volunteering, donating, signing a petition, making a loan, or attending a meetup, all in the service of “making a difference” for issues like Darfur, cancer, LGBT, prison reform, and other activist concerns. On the Social Actions site interested citizens can search the opportunities, and an API (our Social Actions API profile) allows developers to build on top of the stream of postings.

The First Kiva Mashups for Microfinance

Kevin Farnham, February 23rd, 2009

A few weeks ago we reported on the release of the Kiva API, which provides access to the global microlending database. Not long after the API’s release, blog posts from Bill Zimmerman and the Kiva team report that several developers are already working on Kiva mashups:

Kiva Launches Microlending API

Andres Ferrate, February 4th, 2009

KivaDevelopers now have an additional opportunity to contribute to their karma by developing socially conscious applications with the newly released Kiva API (our new Kiva API profile). Kiva, a person-to-person micro-lending site, announced the release of the RESTful API on its new developer blog earlier today. This is great news for the mashup community.

Mashup Nonprofits, Do Good, Win Money

John Musser, March 4th, 2008

netsquaredCreate social change with your unique mashup idea. That’s the pitch to mashup developers from the folks at NetSquared for their NetSquared Mashup Challenge.

How to Avoid Extinction

John Musser, November 16th, 2007

How much impact does your daily activity have on the environment? You might be able to answer this question using new carbon footprint calculation mashups built with our recent API listing: AMEE, the Avoid Mass Extinctions Engine. AMEE launched their platform in June of this year and their mission is to “Enable any climate campaign [...]

Mashups and Citizen Watchdogs

John Musser, April 27th, 2007

Can web mashups keep politicians on their toes? That’s the question raised by a story in yesterday’s Wired entitled “Web Mashups Turn Citizens Into Washington’s Newest Watchdogs”. In particular, the story profiles:, a nonpartisan website offering legislative data; the widely debated and bitterly fought California SB217 which would have banned clear-cutting in ancient forests; [...]

Where are the Noncommercial APIs?

John Musser, March 15th, 2006

Dan Cohen over at George Mason University looked that APIs listed here and asked a good question: Where Are the Noncommercial APIs?. He makes a number of valid points here:
One of my pet peeves as someone trying to develop software tools for scholars, teachers, and students is the lack of application programming interfaces (APIs) for [...]

Givezilla: Helping Nonprofits via Amazon API

John Musser, February 18th, 2006

Givezilla is a company started by Richard Waldvogel in Longmont Colorado that helps nonprofits earn up to 10 percent of product sales made on their Web sites. They do this by helping nonprofits create specialized, no-cost storefronts — little Amazons — that allow visitors to purchase merchandise directly from a nonprofit’s site. Underneath the covers [...]

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