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We've added 7 APIs to the ProgrammableWeb directory today in Extraction, Big Data, and Mapping categories, among others. Also added are several Google BigQuery SDKs.
A look at the newest entries in ProgrammableWeb's directories for April 10, 2015. Included are 6 new APIs, 1 new clients , and 1 source code sample.
Microsoft has helped UK indie-pop artist Neon Hitch build a personal API for her fans that she hopes will encourage more young girls to get involved in computer programming.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum built its entire digital experience on an API. The API was built on top of the museum's massive design collection site.
Scratch, an online learning tool that teaches kids how to code, has provided a new version of its API that gives developers access to its data and some new features.
eHive, online collection management system, grants access to its web-based organization system via the eHive API. Museums can integrate the API with third party applications, or developers can build mobile and custom apps that leverage eHive technology. eHive allows museums and curators to gather, share, and manage collections of all flavors and sizes directly through a web interface. API integration enables eHive users to gain traction through mobile, social, and existing networks.
EMI Music is one of the leading international music companies. An extensive list of some of the world's most popular recording artists are represented on the company's labels. Some of these artists include the likes of Lily Allen, Bat For Lashes, The Beatles, Beastie Boys, Luke Bryan, Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Gorillaz, David Guetta, Iron Maiden, Norah Jones, Lady Antebellum, Massive Attack, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry and Pink Floyd, just to name a few. EMI Music now provides the OpenEMI API that allows developers to access this music content and integrate it with other applications.
Messaging just got a lot more interesting to look at. Words say a lot, but a picture is worth a thousand of them; imagine the levels of communication that could be achieved using both. Doodle Republic is a messaging platform that provides the tools to create messages that include words and images. Basically, people chat by creating their own art and sending it to friends as a Chatoon. The Doodle Republic Chatoon API makes this functionality available to developers who may want to include it in other applications.
Social media marketing is a sharp and relevant arrow in a business' quiver. Extensive time and money is spent on developing social media campaigns that serve to reach potential customers online, but what about those that haven't yet been reached online? PosterOven is an initiative that helps businesses get to their potential customers in physical locations, and at that point encourage them to engage with the company's existing online social media marketing. It's a web-based tool that allows users to create, download and print posters that display social media information and QR codes. The PosterOven API allows developers to access and integrate this functionality with other applications.
Queeky is an interactive online drawing community for lovers of drawing and online art. The platform provides special drawing tools for users to create their own masterpieces and also showcases work from a worldwide collection of creatives in its galleries. The QueekyPaint API makes it possible to add this data to personal blogs and websites.
For music, there's Pandora. For film, there's Netflix. And now for art, there's Art.sy. Art.sy is an online storehouse of fine-art images as well as an art appreciation guide. This start-up's mission is to make all the world's art freely accessible to anyone with an internet connection, and is aimed specifically at those already comfortable with browsing image-driven websites on monitors and tablets. The Art.sy API helps promote accessibility on a developer level.
Behance provides an inspired environment for talent to meet opportunity. It's an online creative network where creative professionals showcase their work and companies discover and access that talent internationally. The idea was to build a platform that would give disorganized creatives the ability to bring their ideas to life and gain the exposure they deserve; giving them the time to focus on the creative process and not the maintenance or promotion of it. The Behance platform is accessible through the Behance API.
Created in 2006, Big Art Mob's original purpose was to accompany the Channel 4 show, 'Big Art Project'; the goal being to create the UK's first comprehensive map of street art. The site is now being re-launched along with iPhone and iPad applications, inviting users to upload and map public art anywhere in the world.
There are thousands of Web APIs now available on ProgrammableWeb. More and more developers are using Web APIs to create very useful web applications and mashups. Some developers are using Web APIs to create mashups that are just plain fun. This post features a few really creative, entertaining mashups.
Before paintings hang in museums, the artists put brush to canvas out in the real world. A new site is looking to tie the two together with geocoded art. However, rather than show the location where you can see the artwork, it is instead mapped to the location depicted in the work.
London's Science Museum, founded in 1851, houses a number of historical innovations, including the oldest surviving steam locomotive, and a replica of Babbage's Difference Engine. Now, with the rollout of a new API to provide access to information about some of its exhibits, the museum itself has become an example of technological innovation.
Among the collections in the Brooklyn Museum are found eleven bronze sculptures by Rodin, five seminal Judy Chicago works, two Edward Hopper iconic paintings, and now one open-to-the-public API, with no admission fee. The API allows for programmatic search of the digitized collections of the museum, which encompasses more than 10,000 individual works. More details at our new Brooklyn Museum API Profile.