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.
TESOBE, Berlin-based software development firm, has launched the Open Bank Project with the hopes of bringing more transparency to the world’s banking community. To accomplish its goal, the Open Bank Project provides an API that banks utilize to provide transaction data to interested parties. Given the hypersensitivity of financial information, the Open Bank Project must persevere through many obstacles. However, should the idea catch hold, it could be the first example of open banking as a service.
So just how is your App doing? Got calls on your API? How many? StatHat API makes it possible to answer these types of questions statistically and to chart the data to pick out trends and patterns. Seeing is comprehending.
Where were you when Hurricane Sandy hit, and what were you doing? If you’re like many other ProgrammableWeb readers, you weren’t watching news reports on TV–you were using social media to keep tabs on your friends and family, and taking advantage of the vast amounts of data available on the Internet to make sense of the situation. Below, a round-up of how Twitter and other online resources helped people get through the record-breaking “super storm.”
Election season is here, and with the US Presidential race heating up, there’s a lot to keep up with. A new web site, UniteBlue, aims to help progressives find each other on Twitter and organize themselves for political activism.
It’s surely a sign of APIs growing up when enterprise vendors are building tools to utilize them. Business management solutions company SAP AG has a new solution that helps businesses and organizations gain insights into market trends and customer sentiment in real-time. The “SAP Rapid-Deployment Solution for Sentiment Intelligence with SAP HANA” loads text data from any Web Channel that has a publicly available API. Once the data is into its system, SAP’s software takes over.
Infographics have played an increasingly visible role in communicating complex analytic data in an easy-to-digest way. Until recently infographics were hand-crafted by graphic designers with a special interest and ability in data communications. Visual.ly has made a name for itself by authoring web-based data visualization applications that can be customized and populated on an individual level.
As Google continues to set the bar for website analytics, Hootsuite, the social media management service, is promoting its ability to create sophisticated visualizations based on data available through the Google Analytics API. In the crowded world of social management and analytics tools, Hootsuite is poised somewhere between a multichannel social publishing platform and social analytics tool. Their recent focus on data visualization shows just how important the analytics part of the business is. While Hootsuite offers a free entry-level service the advanced Google Analytics integration is only available to paid subscribers.
Google Chart Tools is the search giant’s bundling of the Google Chart API and Google Visualization API. These tools create the perfect means for businesses and students to visualize data on websites as well as other types of presentations.
The Twitter API is one of the most popular APIs in our directory. While the most fundamental use of the API is to post a Tweet, developers have been using the API to access and mine the humongous amounts of Twitter data being generated, resulting in 50 Twitter visualizations in our mashups directory alone. These applications mine Tweets to provide services that help users track topics of interest, geolocalized Tweets and even predict flu outbreaks.