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Of the many APIs we published this week, ten were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those ten, which included the Data Dryad DataOne API. The API gives developers programmatic access to Dryads repository of scientific publications. This is just one step of Dryads goal of developing a joint data archiving policy (JDAP), allowing third parties, research institutions, and scientific publications to be shared. Their goal, at least right now, is to broaden the access of scientific data for all. To learn more about the Dryad API visit the Dryad site as well as the Dryad API blog post.
Many APIs eventually find their way to the ProgrammableWeb deadpool. They end up there for various reasons: no business model, replaced by a newer service or ceased being useful. The most popular of these dead APIs are predominantly from two big tech firms: Google and Yahoo. Search and mapping make up the bulk of the functionality behind these 12 popular--but no longer available--APIs.
Our API directory now includes 38 visualization APIs. The newest is the Voicebox API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Google Visualization API. We list 26 Google Visualization mashups. Below you'll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of visualization APIs.
Google Chart Tools is the search giant's bundling of the Google Chart API and Google Visualization API. These tools create the perfect means for businesses and students to visualize data on websites as well as other types of presentations.
Chart APIs are useful and popular, and Google knows how to do them well, so they're continuously adding more features and options for customization to their Visualization API. The Google Code Blog recently highlighted a few of the newest features.
Google has just announced that it's Visualization API (our API Profile) now supports server-side data requests. In essence, the API now supports an "open-wire" protocol that allows individuals and organizations to create visualizations directly from data on a server.