This past week 21 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 25 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include BART, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Chicago Transit Authority, CTA Bus Tracker, Metro Realtime, Tradeshift, TransiCast, TriMet, TripIt and Yahoo Fantasy Sports. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Twilio and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Transportation (6 APIs, 6 mashups), Social (4 APIs, 11 mashups) and Other (2 APIs, 2 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
The debate over RSS never seems to end. 2011 kicked off with a widely read post predicting the decreasing influence of RSS in 2010. There have been responses from Fred Wilson and GigaOM that argue it is still relevant today. We believe that it continues to be a solid mechanism for web sites to aggregate data from multiple sources, as displayed by the 121 RSS APIs in our directory. In this post, we’ll look at RSS beyond blog syndication.
Know when that bus is coming? You could write an app to tell you, if you live within the service areas of these innovative transit authorities.
Chicago commuters just got a new resource that may lead to more helpful mashups: the Chicago Transit Authority Bus Tracker API. As recently announced, the API provides capability for developers to get bus routes and schedules, bus stop and arrival predictions, and more. Note that the API is not affiliated with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA); rather, it was developed and is maintained by Harper Reed, who says the CTA has been “amazingly cool with all of this.” In announcing the API, Harper wrote:
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) provides the San Francisco, CA region with one of the most innovative public transportation services in the United States. Now BART offers developers the BART API. The BART API provides real-time estimated time of arrival (ETA) feeds, transit schedules, advisory feeds, and trip planning information. Our new BART API profile has details and joins a growing list of transit-related APIs including government-sponsored web services Portland’s Trimet API as well as commercial services like the Hopstop API and Urban Mapping’s Mass Transit Proximity API which we covered earlier this month.
Multimap, the UK-based online mapping provider that was acquired almost a year ago by Microsoft, has released a new API that allows users to embed customized Multimap maps in web pages using a single line of HTML code. This new functionality is similar to the existing custom map embedding functionality provided by Google My Maps and third party integrator Map Channels.
Mass transit in metropolitan regions is becoming an increasingly popular mode of transportation for commuters faced with ever-increasing oil prices. As a result, there is an emerging need for mass transit agencies to make information more accessible to a growing number of commuters. What role can APIs play?
With over 30 shopping-related APIs and 300+ mashups tagged shopping it’s clear that ecommerce and shopping will be a vital web service platform. This overview gives you the scoop on these APIs, the business models and mashups.
Quick note on a story run yesterday over at law.com by John K. Waters: Mashups to Re-Map the Legal Tech Market?. It seems that the first “legal-tech mashup” might be a Google Maps feature added to the Lawbase software suite from 25-year-old vendor Synaptec Software. The examples of how this might be used given by [...]
The big API news today is that the web as platform now has a new world-class storage system designed specifically for developers: Amazon S3, their Simple Storage Service. Amazon has basically taken the online storage infrastructure behind their core online services and provided a public, fee-based interface to it. There’s now a viable “storage cloud” [...]