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In Spring 2011, the New York Public Library (NYPL) launched one of the largest culinary data projects of all time: What's on the Menu?. The NYPL maintains one of the world's largest menu collections (around 45,000 menus dating back to the 1840s). The project aims to ease searching through this massive dataset. In simplifying menu search, What's on the Menu launched the first NYPL public API.
Understanding the usage of your publications used to be easy: if it's a book, count the sales. A magazine? Count the subscriptions. An article--count the circulation of the hosting publication. If you're a librarian, just look at how many times it was checked out. For impact, count citations. The digital universe requires new tools to measure these and the Scholarly IQ API is Scholarly's app for putting them right into your application. Scholarly IQ uses SUSHI to harvest COUNTER usage statistics.
Nature Publishing Group (NPG), leading publisher of high impact scientific and medical information, has launched the OpenSearch API that provides an open, bibliographic search service for nature.com. The API grants developers access to over half a million research articles.
What if you published ground-breaking research. Would anybody notice? How would you know they noticed? Such questions aren't just for the narcissistic mad scientists among us. What if you funded the research? You'd want to know the impact. Altmetric tracks "article level mentions". These metrics are defined by the Public Library of Science (PLOS) as measuring usage, citations, social bookmarking and activity, media coverage (including blogs), ratings and discussion activity. The Altmetric API provides access to its metrics that are derived from its database of over 300,000 articles and over 8,000 journals.
POEditor's goal is simple: "A simple way to translate your software." POEditor accomplishes this task through a global community of translators who can work on needed translations or launch projects of their own. POEditor developed as a browser-based software localization tool. However, developers can now leverage the platform within existing sites and apps with the POEditor API. The API calls project related data and allows developers to track progress and users to work on projects.
InviteBox, social referral program, allows merchants, bloggers, developers (and anybody else with a web presence) to refer friends and customers to recommended products. Users can take advantage of pre-determined referral offers (e.g. coupons, promo codes, free products, cash incentives, etc.) or create custom incentive programs. InviteBox offers all the needed moving parts from creating the referral program to implementation, and the analytics to measure success. Users can simply insert a widget into a website or utilize the Reward Callback API.
Figshare's aim is to make unpublished research and data accessible by publishing it using a liberal creative commons. Research is posted in a citable manner. Recognizing that some research needs to be kept private, Figshare also provides account holders with a free gig for private storage. Uploading is straightforward and Figshare accepts any file format. Researchers uploading material get a profile page, and are encourage to share as much as possible to increase their impact. The Figshare REST API amplifies the impact of the shared data by giving developers access
Developed in partnership with the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) project, the SOAP-based Australian Synchrotron APIs are geared to let scientists access data on their experiments from Australia's Synchrotron, the nation's largest research facility, in a secure manner. This also permits data analysis through remote access.
A team at Indiana University created Scholarometer to "facilitate citation analysis and help evaluate the impact of an author's publications." The crowdsourced data created through the Scholarometer platform is available through the Scholarometer API that allows developers to track certain authors through name, citation, disciplines, relevance, and other metrics.
The University of Michigan Medical School created the Vaccine Investigation and Online Information Network (VIOLIN) because the vaccine research field lacked a web-based central repository where researchers could easily retrieve the vast amount of data underlying hundreds of years of research. Not only has VIOLIN provided the online database, the database is easily accessible via the VIOLIN API.
The EBSCOhost API for DynaMed provides access through the two protocols of SOAP and REST, both of which return data in XML. An EBSCOhost Integration Toolkit (EIT) profile is required for access.
Are you old enough to remember using a dictionary, or a thesaurus, or even a phone book? Whatever happened to those quaint reference tools that we grew up with? They've been replaced, in many cases by applications and mashups like the ones we're highlighting today. These mashups use a variety of APIs from Wikipedia, Twilio SMS, Google Maps and more. Read below for more information on each.
There's more to our existence than we may be aware. The day we were born marks the date of other interesting and important events around the world, and it would be really cool to find out every bit of trivia surrounding a specific date at the click of a button. DayDetails is a free web service that allows the user to type in a specific date and find out all the recorded facts regarding that date. The site also provides the RESTful DayDetails API that allows developers to request specific date details.
How many companies that sprouted in 1724 can boast of an API launch in 2012? Pearson, now in its 288th year, has announced its 7th API. Pearson, continually finding value in the API method of market strategy, expanded its resources available via API with the dkimages API. The latest in Pearson's API lineup consists of "an encyclopaedic collection of 90,000 high-resolution images, ready to [integrate, and range from] classic whilte background shots to in-situ images." The API allows developers to integrate the collection with existing apps through purchasing, listing, viewing, or searching for images.
23andMe is a DNA analysis service that allows individuals to learn more about their DNA. Users can use the service to trace their ancestry, learn more about their present health and participate in research to benefit future generations. The company also offers this neatly categorized and searchable data to researchers and scientists.
Less than two months ago, Merriam-Webster announced that some of its references would be available via an API. Now, competitor Cambridge University Press has followed suit with the Cambridge Dictionaries Online API. Currently, Cambridge offers five dictionaries through an API (i.e. Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary, Cambridge Dictionary of American English, Cambridge Business English Dictionary, Cambridge Learner's English-Turkish Dictionary, and Cambridge Leaner's Dictionary).
Our API directory now includes 54 widgets APIs. The newest is the Backplane Server API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Google Homepage API. We list 101 Google Homepage mashups. Below you'll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of widgets APIs.
Merriam-Webster, the household name in dictionaries, launched the Merriam-Webster Dictionary API last week. The most trusted name in dictionary/thesaurus references has decided to make its resources available to developers through the new API. Merriam-Webster is making eight different resources available via the API.
A few years ago, Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the World Wide Web), urged his TED Talk audience to share raw, unstructured data in order to boost innovation and solve critical problems. The INOH API project aims to bring Berners-Lee's vision to light.