If there is one thing governments do exceedingly well, it’s collect data. What they don’t do as well is make that data available in a way that is particularly useful. Looking to change that dynamic, Splunk has begun working with the White House on a Regulations.gov initiative to make it easier to mine the trove of government data.
Mind42, a mind mapping web application, has launched the Mind42 API. Mind mapping is a process that collects ideas and then arranges them in a graphical way. The tree or star-like graphical depiction that Mind42 creates illustrates the connection between different ideas or topics. The Mind42 API allows developers to access, create and edit maps on Mind42 from third-party applications.
As companies, organizations and professionals become more and more interconnected via social networks such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, a new trend is beginning to emerge—social network data visualization. So let’s make a data visualization of our own.
The whole point of investing in Big Data is to drive the development of a new generation of data-driven applications. The challenge most organizations will face is that once they build those applications they will need to have a robust set of APIs through which to share the information those applications create.
Nulab, a communication and collaboration applications company based in Japan, has announced the launch of the new Cacoo SDK edition which includes the brand new Cacoo SDK Edition API. Cacoo is a web-based collaborative drawing tool that allows users to create a variety of diagrams including sitemap, flowchart, mind map, wireframe, UML and network diagrams.
Earlier this month, ProgrammableWeb reported that WSO2 had launched the WSO2 App Factory, a brand new cloud-enabled enterprise DevOps platform that allows project teams to collaborate on the creation, deployment and management of enterprise applications. WSO2 has just announced the launch of another brand new platform; the WSO2 User Engagement Server (UES), a platform that allows developers and enterprise professionals to create customized dashboards, microsites and gadgets with enterprise data and 3rd party data sources which makes it possible to convert volumes of data into valuable business insights and to create engaging user experiences.
Practice Fusion, the leader in web-based electronic health records, has launched a Medical Imaging API. The API release comes just prior to updates to the EHR Incentive Program that will require physicians to order and receive medical images electronically. Through API integration, imaging centers can serve all of their clients via a single interface.
Ocutag, a division of Ricoh Innovations, aims to help apps deliver content to users taking photos. Their aim is to herald a new model of retail. App designers upload images and tag them with information. When users snap pics of the same thing in reality, information can be delivered through the app, such as that appearing in the graphic of the scarf below: where to buy it, details about it, local stores that carry it. What information is delivered is up to the company with the app. The company provides the Ocutag API for integration.
Practical Management Solutions and Insights (PMSI) has launched an open-source API project for business analytics: dimple. Dimple aims to open up the flexibility and power of d3 to analysts. With little d3 knowledge needed, the dimple API gives analysts access to the tools capable of creating dynamic graphical representations of datasets.
One the one hand Big Data is supposed to be one of the best things to happen to IT since the invention of the database. After all, managing massive amounts of data should make IT more relevant than ever. But as Big Data continues to evolve it’s starting to look like managing all that data is beyond the scope of many IT organizations. As a result line of businesses are turning to raft of emerging Big Data services in the cloud that allow them to analyze massive amounts of data by invoking a relatively simple API.