Unless you’ve tried to make a sports app, you might not realize how hard it is to get data about sports. And most sports are full of data about possession, assists and other sporty attributes. The Sports Data API aims to make it more available, at prices that should allow more apps to be able to afford including the data.
With the calendar turning to June, we’ll take the opportunity to look back at some of our Mashup of the Day selections for May that haven’t yet been covered. These mashups make use of APIs from Amazon, Google Maps, New York Times and Facebook.
This past week 11 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 Atlassian Bitbucket, BuzzData, Face.com, FCC, Google Apps Email Migration, Google Drive, TFL Cycle Hire and Trailer Addict. The most often used APIs this week are foursquare, Google Maps and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (3 APIs, 5 mashups), Storage (2 APIs, 2 mashups) and Video (2 APIs, 2 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
The FCC just launched a new tool that allows any user to custom build a dashboard from a variety of FCC released data, tools and services, built on the FCC API. The tool, called MyFCC, lets you create a customized FCC online experience for quick access to the tools and information you feel is most important. MyFCC make it possible to easily create, save and manage a customized page, choosing from a menu of 22 “widgets” such as, latest headlines and official documents, the daily digest, FCC forms and online filings.
Panelists and presenters at last week’s Open Government West 2011 conference in Portland, Oregon tackled the topic of government sponsored app contests. Attendees asserted that not all app contests are designed the same way and there are different benefits and drawbacks with each kind. An overarching issue seemed to be the value returned to the public on government investment in app contests. Governments are looking for the best way to offer services to the public in the face of budget cuts and are eyeing citizen generated apps.
The FCC is leading by example with its beta release of the FCC.gov website on Monday. In this latest version of the site, the FCC has worked hard to follow Web 2.0 principles, most notably building the entire website on top of RESTful APIs. “Everything should be an API”, FCC managing director Steve Van Roekel said during the press briefing, according to O’Reilly’s report.
This week we had 40 new APIs added to our API directory including a social platform service, mobile push notification platform, random quote generator, file sharing and hosting site, digital asset management system, vehicle fleet tracking service, social media analytics platform, Google billing service and three ways to take payments and subscriptions with PayPal. Below is more detail on each of these new APIs.
This week we had 11 new APIs added to our API directory including a gps data sharing service, fitness tracking service, social television service and two real-time push services. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.
The United States Federal Communications Commission is calling on web developers to help push the agency forward. The FCC Chairman spoke at the O’Reilly Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington D.C., as the organization announced four new RESTful APIs and a new website aimed at fostering a developer community around FCC data and services. It’s a first step that hinges on how the FCC can incorporate input from developers and create self-sustaining value.