Do you have an idea on how to aid writers with spelling, context and grammer and like the idea of a few extra dollars? Wordnik, an online dictionary service, has announced a competition to create a mashup using their API.
Your next meal could be served up by BigOven’s new API. The comprehensive service for those who like to cook provides more than 170,000 recipes in XML or JSON format (our BigOven API profile). From there, you can display it however you want, though there’s a yet to be determined fee for commercial applications.
Desktop word processing software, such as Microsoft Word, features powerful spelling and grammar tools that help writers catch mistakes. Thanks to standards-based web services, online word processing tools are starting to catch up to the desktop competition. Two APIs, Wordnik and After the Deadline, give developers powerful new tools to aid writers with spelling, context, and grammar.
How far back do your newspaper’s online archives go? The U.S. Library of Congress has a database of thousands of newspapers dating back to the 1800s. In the case of over 150 of the papers, there are also digitized, searchable pages. And it’s all available via its new Chronicling America API (technical details at our Chronicling America API profile).
Now you can use an API to find out once and for all whether you are among the living. The U.S. Social Security Administration maintains a “death index” to prevent fraud. CDYNE Corporation subscribes to the updates and has opened the index up with a fee-based API (details at our Death Index API profile).
The new Obama administration’s focus on transparency and the recent economic crisis has given a great deal of attention on the value of online APIs for accessing government data. One of the latest examples comes from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis who have recently released a new API to access their FRED database, a comprehensive collection of U.S. economic trends. The API also provides online access to ALFRED, an archive of historic economic data, which features information dating all the way back to the 1920s. We’ve added a FRED API Profile with technical details.
CalorieKing has launched “a Web service which enables other developers of weight management applications to readily incorporate CalorieKing’s more than 65,000-item food database”. The CalorieKing database is the primary source of the well-known book “The CalorieKing Calorie, Fat and Carbohydrate Counter”. Initial API details at our new CalorieKing API profile.
The New York Times has just announced its new Congress API, which provides capability for developers to access to four sets of data about US Congressional representatives and their votes: “a list of members for a given Congress and chamber, details of a specific roll-call vote, biographical and role information about a specific member of Congress, and a member’s most recent positions on roll-call votes” (see Congress API profile for details).
Hoover’s, the business information company, has released their own Hoover’s API, aka “HAPI”. This new API enables developers to create applications that utilize Hoover’s database of 27 million companies and 34 million business executives (details at our Hoover’s API profile). This is certainly useful data for a variety of enterprise applications.
The World Bank, whose mission is to end world poverty by providing financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world, is now offering developers a new API (our World Bank API profile).The bank considers the development of its API a component of this mission.