The DataTank Offers API Tool to Help Power Smart Cities

Mark Boyd, January 8th, 2014

A new API tool that transforms open datasets so they can be accessed by a REST API is capturing the attention of local governments interested in implementing smart cities policies. The DataTank is a data publishing platform that can also be used as a plug-in with the CKAN open data platform. It is created and managed by the Belgium chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation, which operates as a social enterprise startup. ProgrammableWeb spoke with The DataTank’s Technical Lead Jan Vansteenlandt about the new open data/API tool and how it can be used to drive the smart cities agenda.


41 Postal APIs: Canada Post, Postcode and Stamps

Matthew Scott, December 31st, 2013

GeoNamesOur API directory now includes 41 postal APIs. The newest is the New Zealand Post Tracking Notification API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the GeoNames API. We list 89 GeoNames mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of postal APIs.


How Ad & PR Agencies Are Getting On Board with APIs

Mark Boyd, December 23rd, 2013

This year has seen an increasing number of creative agencies incorporating APIs into the way they work. Sure, PR and digital creatives are using APIs in their monitoring and analytics to measure reach and impact of their efforts, but increasingly, they are using APIs to funnel realtime data into the very fabric of their campaigns and to ramp up audience engagement around a brand’s story. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Arvid Dyfverman from the award-winning Swedish PR agency, Deportivo, about how APIs are at the very center of their creative campaigns.


Scrape.it Describes a Better Way to Extract Data

Ajay Ohri, December 20th, 2013

We have covered Web scraping before. As the amount of data that can be captured from the web increases, developers increasingly need a way to handle huge quantities of data downloads from the internet, both structured as well as unstructured. The basic underlying problem in creating custom scrapers is that websites often differ in the basic variety of formats, so a scraper that runs smoothly on some websites may return junk results on other websites.


152 Tracking APIs: Debuggify, ProFit and Snoobi

Matthew Scott, December 19th, 2013

Airbrake Our API directory now includes 152 tracking APIs. The newest is the YouTracker Icon Creator API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Airbrake API. We list 2 Airbrake mashup. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of tracking APIs.


what3words API Takes New Navigation Tack

Stuart Iler, December 16th, 2013

Chris Sheldrick, CEO of the London-based company what3words, has taken a novel approach to the task of navigation with a new API. Sheldrick’s idea stems from the logistical difficulties he encountered while working internationally in the music business. During that period in his career, Sheldrick was faced with coordinating the rendezvous of dozens of people in remote locations. Despite his best efforts at communication, people would still find themselves calling one another on the day of a meeting, seeking clarification on the location of the meeting place.


API Ratings Agency Moves Closer To Launch Date

Mark Boyd, December 9th, 2013

The API Ratings agency aimed at instilling greater trust amongst businesses entering the API economy is set to be unveiled early in 2014. Co-founder Jonathan Bourguignon presented at APIdays Paris last week to discuss the need for the crowdsourced service and told ProgrammableWeb more about the roadmap to launch.


Initial themes at APIDays Paris: Reuse and Cross-Region

Mark Boyd, December 4th, 2013

With morning sessions now completed at day one of APIdays Paris, themes are already beginning to emerge. As the API economy matures, it is reflecting the same growing pains that wider industry has had to adjust to over a long period of time. Two of the key words being heard so far today are “reuse” and “cross-region”.


62 New APIs: Bitcasa, National Geographic, and Elsevier

Melody Clark, November 24th, 2013

This week, we had 62 new APIs added to our API directory including a marketing affiliate tracking platform, an interactive 3D human body tool, and a new shopping cart API. We also featured an exclusive interview with Pinterest’s Head of Developer Relations.


Today in APIs: Pop.co is API Driven, and 11 New APIs

Greg Bates, November 20th, 2013

Pop.co explains why its architecture is driven by APIs. Plus: Salesforce deploys APIs to redefine customer relationships, and 11 new APIs.


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