In a press release on 11 March 2013, Message Bus announced that its Message Bus Platform is now available for integration via Zapier’s drag and drop API integration capabilities. This is exciting news for anyone trying to create efficient integrations and workflows that make sense for business but don’t come with the associated efforts, long lead times and costs that custom API work entails.
iDreamBooks, book review aggregator, deems itself the “rottentomatoes.com for books.” iDreamBooks searches reviews across media outlets and compiles the data to a single, comprehensive repository of review. iDreamBooks offers developers access to the reviews through the iDreamBooks API.
Mobile apps search engine Mimvi has announced a partnership with API marketplace Mashape that will allow the Mimvi API to be marketed, monetized, and distributed through Mashape’s marketplace. Mimvi aims to put its world-class tools in the hands of developers across the globe and empower users to better serve consumer needs.
Singly has announced the open beta of its app connection platform. The platform consists of two main components (i.e. the App Fabric SDK and the Data Fabric infrastructure). The App Fabric simplifies social data sharing and shortens time to enable functionality such as friend finding and login across multiple apps. The Data Fabric allows developers to integrate features like synching, data querying, intelligent indexing, instant push, archiving, and more.
Stanford University’s Highwire Press API is SOAP-based and uses a SUSHI protocol to issue COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources) reports. The API aims to help its partner groups, of librarians, researchers and publishers in the scholarly community publish, manage content, communicate and network more easily. Hosting over 1700 journals, books and other publications, HighWire provides a publishing platform that earned it recognition in EContent magazine as one of the top 100 companies in the digital content industry.
The AP Metadata Service that has internally powered the Associated Press’ award-winning news operation is now available to third-party developers and publishers. The service is aimed at publishers looking to “add rich metadata to their content, enabling them to connect their customers with more relevant news and information.” The AP delivers the Metadata service in a cloud-based offering via a set of APIs associated with the organizations news content.
NewsCred, the API-driven service that provides curated news content announced a new implementation to NYDailyNews.com, the fifth largest newspaper website in the US. Leveraging NewsCred, the Daily News site will include a Desi News section targeting the rapidly growing South Asian community.
Publisher Pearson recently launched its new API program with three of its top titles. The new platform provides a common set of tools that developers have grown accustomed to: documentation, sample code, app showcase, blog, forum and FAQs, for example. Pearson has a lot of content to pick from with its core offerings, as well as its numerous partners, and they decided to start by launching three very different content APIs: FT Press API, Longman Dictionary API and Eyewitness Guide to London API.
E-signature company DocuSign is celebrating its new San Francisco office with a Hackathon on May 14 and 15. The event will bring developers together to build atop its DocuSign Enterprise API. After 35 non-stop hours of heated competition, four winners will receive $25,000 (USD) cash prizes.
Quick pointer to a couple of interesting, thoughtful posts on mashups this week:
The growth of mashups continued throughout 2006: Dion Hinchcliffe does a good thorough review of the state of mashups today: lots of examples but lots of unanswered questions and models yet to be defined or proven (the “value proposition”), potential support issues, monetization [...]