Single purpose API
XML, JSON, JSONP, REST
Online mapping pioneer MapQuest just launched a new local site to explore 50,000 U.S. neighborhoods. MQVibe uses the MapQuest API to display neighborhood shapes and highlighted places. The MQVibe API, while not officially launched, is used by the site itself and appears available externally.
Online mapping pioneer MapQuest is using open data to provide transit directions via its MapQuest Directions API and the OpenStreetMap-based MapQuest Open Directions API. In both cases, transit directions are based on the Google-created GTFS data standard that helps transit agencies share their routes, schedules and fares in a consistent format. Currently MapQuest's support is limited to six U.S. metro areas.
There are a number of factors coming together to fuel the growth of APIs. Without a doubt, one is the corresponding growth of mobile devices and the distribution of services across multiple platforms. An API is often required to create one native mobile application and becomes incredibly important when supporting many devices. Sometimes these private APIs are made public, sometimes they aren't.
MapQuest Data Manager
||This API allows you to store custom datasets in a spatially-aware database that resides on MapQuest servers. This includes tables that contain points, lines, and polygons that are stored as...||Mapping||09.19.2016|
||The SkyWise Tiles API allows developers to embed detailed weather visualizations into their mapping environments and applications. Embeddable content includes radar data, satellite data, NWS watches...||Weather||08.24.2016|
||Aquaplot offers sea routing functionality and distance computation for ships. Developers can build integrations related to route planning, route optimization, fleet maneuver planning, and traffic...||Optimization||08.15.2016|
NASA Vesta Trek REST
||This API is a part of a collection of APIs that power the Vesta Trek NASA web-based portals for exploration. Map layers are available through OGC RESTful WMTS protocol. NASA open data supports NASA...||Astronomy||08.12.2016|
NASA Mars Trek
||This API is used for exploration with NASA's web-based portal. Map layers are available through OGC RESTful WMTS protocol. NASA open data supports NASA’s scientists and engineers with information...||Astronomy||08.12.2016|