Quandl API: A Wikipedia for Numerical Data

Ajay Ohri, February 25th, 2013

Quandl Founder Tammer Kamel wants to create a new Wikipedia for Numeric Data. Quandl has built a sort of “universal data parser” which has thus far parsed about 2.8 million datasets without anything from any data publisher.  As long as they spit out data somehow (excel, text file, blog post, xml, api, etc) the “Q-bot” can slurp it up. The result is quandl.com as sort of “search engine” for numerical data.  Quandl’s bot returns data in a totally standard format. The idea with Quandl is that you can find data fast, and it is ready to use.

LocalWiki Launches New API: Bridging the Gap Between Local Knowledge and Local Data

Janet Wagner, September 6th, 2012

LocalWikiLocalWiki is an open-content, open-source online platform that provides communities the ability to share local knowledge, news, history, media and other content.

Query Wikipedia By Location in 36 Languages

Adam DuVander, June 9th, 2011

WikiLocationThe Wikilocation API has expanded to include 36 languages. The geo API for Wikipedia allows developers to find articles with subjects near a specific location. With the new languages, there are now over 3.8 million geocoded articles available via this unofficial API from developer Ben Dodson.

WikiLocation: A Geo API for Wikipedia

Adam DuVander, March 1st, 2011

WikiLocationThere are any number of questions that can be answered by Wikipedia, but you can add “where am I?” to the list. Given any latitude/longitude coordinates, the WikiLocation API will find you corresponding Wikipedia articles to tell you about your surroundings.

Fill In The Blank With Wikipedia Quiz

Adam DuVander, November 20th, 2009

Google App EngineThere’s no doubt that Wikipedia is a giant store of information. And yes, they have an API, but the data isn’t exactly structured. But that didn’t stop Jim Blackler, who created Quizipedia, a fun game based off of Wikipedia entries.

Mapify a MediaWiki with New Extension

Adam DuVander, July 28th, 2009

MediaWikiThe project that runs Wikipedia has added improved mapping extensions that let you embed Yahoo or Google Maps within your Wiki pages. Special markup is translated to API calls, which keeps out JavaScript that would be required if creating maps directly.

Wikia Search Launches Intelligent Search Extensions API

Jordan Running, October 16th, 2008

Wikia Wikia Search has announced a new feature called Wikia Intelligent Search Extensions, or WISE, which founder Jimmy Wales likens to “Facebook Apps for search results.” The new platform allows third parties to build applications, called WISEApps, that Wikia Search users can enable in their accounts and which add additional functionality to relevant search results (more at our Wikia API profile). For example, the results for an ordinary search for “Chicago weather” will include a link to AccuWeather.com, but if the user enables the AccuWeather.com WISEApp, the search result will include a full graphical five-day weather forecast.

The CKAN API: a Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network

Raymond Yee, July 23rd, 2008

Comprehensive Knowledge Archive NetworkFolks interested in “open knowledge” should check out CKAN (Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network)

CKAN is the Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network, a registry of open knowledge packages and projects (and a few closed ones).

Wetpaint Launches API and Platform

John Musser, May 19th, 2008

Seattle-based wiki and social network startup Wetpaint today announced Wetpaint Injected, a new embeddable publishing platform designed to allow creation of user-generated content directly within any site.

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