While working with Big Data affords a lot of potential business value the complexity of building applications that manipulate all that information can be nothing short of daunting. Not only do most of the currently popular approaches require developers to master arcane interfaces such as MapReduce, the performance of the application tends to suffer under the weight of all the data that needs to be processed.
In our efforts to save the planet, recycling is one of easiest ways for the average person to make a positive impact on the environment; and a lot of people would do it…if they knew how, where and what. Earth911 exists to make recycling as simple and convenient as possible by providing people with accessible and actionable recycling information across the country. The Earth911 Search API makes it possible for others to demonstrate their environmental awareness by providing access to this recycling information on their websites or mobile applications.
Can you locate any public or internal document that is on the internet or your intranet throughout your company? Once you get past a certain size, the Searchbox REST API makes that possible through access to its search services via the cloud or onsite. The API indexes raw content from a variety of sources.
The Tapir API is really 3: Search, Ping and Post to give you the power to make your blog searchable, get your articles indexed immediately, and push content manually. Indexing of the Rss feed is done at 15 minute intervals. According to the API documentation, the results are returned in JSON or JSONP.
Winewinewine.com is a wine lovers’ resource (written in Dutch) that can help track wine collections and provide wine recommendations for food pairing. The company’s artificially Intelligent advisor, “WineStein”, is designed to make pairing food and wine simple. First you select a dish, then click “show wine advice”, then WineStein quickly populates a list of recommendations. Users can easily navigate the recommendations to find reviews, detailed analysis and make a personal note to aid others in their decision. With the WineStein API developers can easily integrate this functionality into existing e-stores.
SEOmoz, a leader in SEO software, has offered link intelligence APIs for a few years (Mozscape being the latest). Although Mozscape has garnered high adoption rates (over 10 million requests/day), customer feedback uncovered shortcomings. SEOmoz now knows that 10 requests/second and a max of 50 URLs/batch “is not able to support everyone’s use case.” Accordingly, SEOmoz enhanced Mozscape API capabilities and is currently in beta. Although the beta is in its early stages, throughput has increased 400%.
With the rise in big data, organizations are constantly looking to analyze the large amounts that is being generated. The challenge is not just to analyze the large data but also be able to visualize this in almost real time. Topsy, the company that currently manages the largest index of public social data on various networks like Twitter and Google Plus, has released Topsy Pro Analytics (check out the Topsy API) that addresses both those points and gives organizations a powerful analytics tool to gain insight into historical and real-time Twitter data.
Several Months ago, Microsoft announced that the Bing Search API had moved to the Windows Azure Marketplace. This move would make the Bing Search API a paid service with a tiered structure. Developers have been given until August 1st, 2012 to transition to the new version of the Bing Search API.
On April 12th, Microsoft announced that:
“the Bing Search API will transition to…the Windows Azure Marketplace,” they later added that the service will “move to a monthly subscription model.”
So what does this mean for developers?
Semantic searching can retrieve results that surprise you, hopefully in a good way. So it seems like the natural means for discovery when you dont know what you want to find. Services like Jinni, a semantic discovery engine for movies and TV shows, is the perfect example.