34 New APIs: Political Influence, Cloudwords, Font Kit Publishing

Wendell Santos
Aug. 07 2011, 08:00AM EDT

This week we had 34 new APIs added to our API directory including one to measure political influence in the U.S. There was also an event online community service, web usable font library service, automatic check in to foursquare service, noise pollution monitoring service, usability analytics service, and community site customization service. In addition, we provided more in depth coverage of Stephen Colbert awarding a trophy to an email mashup developer, the recent Portland Hackathon, and a fake call API. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

BlipeaBlipea API: Blipea is a website that was created to allows residents of other countries, particularly those in Honduras, to use services like Twitter and Facebook from their mobile devices by sending "Blips." The website is entirely in spanish, and the API is still in a very basic Beta format with limited developments. Current features allow posting Blips through API post calls.

ChristianChirpChristianChirp API: Christianchirp is a Christian social networking service. They describe themselves as "the Christian Alternative to Twitter."

The Christianchirp API allows users to retrieve messages (both public and direct), send messages, add friends, and edit or delete messages, profiles, and friends within the Christianchirp network.

Church AnalyticsChurch Analytics API: Church Analytics is a real-time web traffic analytics service. Customers can also customize their analytics for certain segments or other criteria. They also provide Twitter analytics.

The Church Analytics API allows developers to get traffic analytics data in a variety of formats. The data can be retrieved numerous ways, such as by segments, by time parameters, and in chronological order.

ClickmapClickmap API: Clickmap is a usability analytics service. The API allows users to retrieve and manipulate collected data and reports. Functionality includes the ability to read, edit and change profile data. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

CloudwordsCloudwords API: Cloudwords offers a web based translation management platform that enables the customer to select and interact with the translation vendor, and centrally manage all translation projects. Cloudwords has an API that lets users connect their systems with Cloudwords, and therefore they will have the option to easily and quickly launch and manage translation projects directly from wherever their contents are. Functionality offered by the API includes: Create and update a Cloudwords translation project, Upload and download a project's source content and reference materials, Request bids for a project, Download translated content. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

DehoodDehood API: DeHood is a social network built around geo-mapping technology, allowing uses to display their movements and activities with others. The DeHood API is currently in private beta, but will give developers the tools to build their own location-based applications in flash.

EmailManagerEmailManager API: The Emailmanager API is a way for you to be able to synchronize your customer base, CRM, CMS or shopping cart e-commerce with the EmailManager email marketing system. You no longer need to constantly import and export manually updated lists between EmailManager and its database; both lists are automatically synchronized. This API also performs list management functions, functions for creating and sending issues, and developers can also retrieve campaign statistics.

The EmailManager API, currently in Beta, provides data as XML, JSON or serialized PHP. Developers can use either a simple HTTP API or XML-RPC, where method calls are wrapped in XML.

Fake CallFake Call API: Fake Call is an API that rings a phone. That's it. The service claims to help "polite introverts exit unwanted conversations or meetings." On the other end of the call is a fictional "Steve," who is actually a text-to-speech bot that helps you seem like you're engaging in a real conversation.

The Fake Call API creates accounts, which requires a phone number and password. The phone number must then be verified, to ensure the recipient wants to receive phone calls. The API also allows to give other users authorization to initiate a call for you without sharing your password. The documentation site gives example cURL calls to get you started.

The Fake Call API is built on top of the Twilio API. It uses RESTful calls with data returned as JSON.

GreencheckGreencheck API: Cleanbits is a website that allows companies to see how much pollution their internet infrastructure and activities account for as well as gives them the opportunity to offset it through wind energy or tree planting. The site offers the Greencheck API service makes it possible to check if any website is "green" or not. The service is also available as a Firefox plug-in.

Influence Explorer TextInfluence Explorer Text API: The Influence Explorer Text API powers the real-time textual analysis behind the Sunlight Foundation's Inbox Influence is called the Influence Explorer Text API, and it is available for general public use in applications that require extraction of politically relevant entities from text on either the client or server side. The data supplied by this API is a subset of the data available in Sunlight's Transparency Data, and provides summary information about campaign finance, lobbying, fundraising, and other influence-related areas of interest.

JoomeoJoomeo API: Joomeo is a personal media sharing application which allows you to upload content, organize it, and share it at your discretion. The Joomeo API uses XML-RPC to allows uses to create their own applications around the content on Joomeo as well as access the pictures and albums they have uploaded.

KAYWA QR-CodeKAYWA QR-Code API: The Kaywa QR-Code API is open API to facilitate the writing of programs to create and decode QR-Codes. The API requires an API key and operates with the REST protocol, returning JSON.

LiveWorldLiveWorld API: LiveWorld provides hosted community sites for companies to interact with their customers. These "online parties," as the company calls them, help create dialog and relationships.

The LiveWorld API provides programmatic access to much of the data and functionality within the LiveWorld platform. Developers can retrieve profile information, activity feeds, individual blogs, message forums and photo sharing, among other features.

The API uses both SOAP and RESTful calls. Data for both protocols is made available via XML. Full documentation requires a LiveWorld account.

Movable InkMovable Ink API: Movable Ink is a service that allows regular emails to contain live, updating information from the web. Email marketing can be more dynamic, but the service can also be used for any type of email where live information is useful.

The Movable Ink API, which is only available on paid plans, allows developers to programmatically add new content to live emails, as well as access statistics about emails and the content within them.

The API is RESTful and returns JSON. A plan paying $49 per month or more is required for API access.

National Drug File-Reference TerminologyNational Drug File-Reference Terminology API: The National Drug File-Reference Terminology (NDF-RT), developed by the Veterans Health Administration, provides clinical information about medications, including therapeutic intent, mechanism of action, physiologic effect and drug-drug interactions. Developers can use the API to retrieve data from the NDF-RT. The API uses both REST and SOAP protocol and responses are formatted in XML and JSON.

NoiseTubeNoiseTube API: NoiseTube is a service that allows users to upload an application to their smartphones to collect and monitor data on noise pollution. Users can collect noise data and contribute the data to the NoiseTube community for mapping and visualization.

The NoiseTube API allows developers to integrate NoiseTube into other applications. Methods include collecting and feeding data into the NoiseTube server based on times and locations specified, as well as searching and accessing Noisetube data from the server based on certain criteria, such as a geographic location, the most recent measurements, and data from a given date.

Pastebin.comPastebin.com API: Pastebin.com is a website where users can store text for a certain period of time. The site is most often used by programmers to store pieces of source code or configuration information although any kind of text can be stored. The API offers the same functionality as the site including creating, listing and deleting pastes and getting user information and settings. It uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML. Full documentation requires registration.

PDXCouncilConnectPDXCouncilConnect API: PDXCouncilConnect is a service of the Portland, Oregon, eGovPDX group. The city technology department makes the API available to access city council agenda and voting information. The PDXCouncilConnect API provides developers access to agenda, session, and item information. The data includes the location and time, as well as bureaus affected. When a vote occurs, the API also will return voting information.

This government API has a RESTful interface and provides data as JSON.

PicZassoPicZasso API: PicZasso is a free photo hosting site that allows users to upload images for hosting and sharing. Users can also search all photo uploads.

The PicZasso API allows developers to add PicZasso's photo hosting services to other websites. This allows users to upload photos on other sites using PicZasso's functionality.

Prayer PlanetPrayer Planet API: Prayer Planet is an online community of people worldwide who commit to praying for each other's prayer lists. Users can create and share their prayer lists with the Prayer Planet community for constant prayer. Users can access Prayer Planet via mobile devices, IM, and on the web.

The Prayer Planet API allows users to retrieve the most recent messages on Prayer Planet, access direct messages, retrieve user information, and add friends from Prayer Planet.

ProWorkflow ProWorkflow API: ProWorkflow is a project management, workflow and time tracking solution for small to medium businesses. ProWorkflow enables you to keep accurate time-keeping records, organize, plan, and delegate jobs and tasks whilst using the timeline to have an overview of company activity. With the ProWorkflow API you can create your own offline apps to share ProWorkflow's data, Create offline reports, tntegrate with other applications and extranets/intranets, as well as display ProWorkflow's data elsewhere.

RecollectRecollect API: Recollect, originally VanTrash, is a garbage and recycling collection reminder service. The service allows users to get reminders about taking the garbage and recycling out. Reminders can come as texts, emails, phone calls, or tweets.

The Recollect API allows users to retrieve data from Recollect. While the API is still under development (Beta) and evolving, current functions include searching for areas in Recollect, accessing area data, listing zones in Recollect, and accessing zone data.

Simunix T2ASimunix T2A API: Simunix is a UK based directory solutions provider. The information they provide includes Address Information, Data Validation, Find People, Location Services, T2A Administration Services and Telephone Numbers.

Simunix makes their full range of data available to developers through their T2A API. T2A supplies users with high quality data required for developing professional websites and business applications. The API can be used for finding, validating and verifying data. Data is collated from multiple sources including BT OSIS, Royal Mail PAF, UK Electoral Roll and TPS. The API uses REST and SOAP protocols and responses are formatted in XML and JSON.

Site StatsSite Stats API: Site Stats is a website tracking service offers traffic activity reports and monitoring of search engine and e-commerce campaigns. Site Stats tracks data on where site visitors are coming from, what they are searching for, and how they are using the site.

The Site Stats API allows users to access data and reports on their web traffic. Some of the data that is accessible includes summary reports on web traffic, location of web traffic, and where users are going on the site. The API also allows to get traffic reports by date ranges or a single day.

SpeakerRateSpeakerRate API: SpeakerRate is an online service for event organizers, attendees, and speakers. It allows event organizers to search for event speakers, attendees to get more information and provide feedback on events and speakers, and speakers to receive feedback from attendees and organizers.

The SpeakerRate API allows developers to access SpeakerRate data. Data can be retrieved on SpeakerRate's speakers, events, talks, and series. The API is intended for non-commercial purposes, but those looking to use it for commercial purposes can contact SpeakerRate.

Stumble.toStumble.to API: Stumble!to is a service that automatically checks users in on Foursquare when it senses electronic devices. Businesses can set up Stumble!to so there customers can automatically check in on Foursquare.

The Stumble!to API allows developers to set up Stumble!to in venues so customers can automatically check in. The API allows users to add venues, update venues, and check for electronic devices, including Nike shoe sensors.

TodoistTodoist API: Todoist is an online task manager and to-do list. With Todoist, users can organize, schedule, maintain and prioritize personal tasks. The Todoist API can be used to integrate Todoist into other applications. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

Tree.ioTree.io API: Tree.io provides cloud based Project Management, Sales & CRM and Service Support tools for businesses of all sizes. The API lets users integrate their customer database, CRM, CMS, or e-commerce shopping cart with Tree.io. Users can allow both read and write access to their Tree.io data from almost any application. A range of functionality including creating and returning information about calendars, documents, accounts, projects and more. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

Typekit Typekit API: Typekit is a subscription-based font library. The fonts Typekit has are usable on websites, as they are created around web standards.

The Typekit API allows developers access to the Typekit functionality. With the Typekit API, developers can create and publish their own font kits (combinations of fonts). The API also allows users to fetch metadata about the fonts in the Typekit library.

Unshort.meUnshort.me API: Unshort.me is a link unshortening service. Unshort.me allows users to unshorten links that are shortened through URL shortening services, such as Bit.ly, TinyURL, and Ow.ly.

The Unshort.me API allows developers to integrate the Unshort.me functionality into other applications, allowing for links to be unshortened. Documentation and information on what the API can do are very limited.

VeerVeer API: Veer is a stock photography, stock illustration, and font provider.

Veer offers two APIs: a web API and a partner API. While both APIs allow developers to access, search for, and preview images in a variety of sizes, the partner API also allows users to incorporate and integrate Veer's content into their own sites, where the images can be purchased and downloaded using their own pricing structures and e-Commerce systems, instead of having to point back to Veer for sign-in and purchasing.

Web AfricaWeb Africa API: Web Africa is a privately owned internet service provider that supplies local and international clients with broadband internet access and hosting solutions. The Web Africa API is currently in BETA stage and makes account details and statistics available programmatically. Potential uses include a desktop application for reporting ADSL usage and back-end automation to create and administrate user accounts. There are also helper tools to generate passwords and rate password strength.

Webcams.travelWebcams.travel API: Webcams.travel is a directory of touristic webcams from around the world. Webcams may be added by members and webcams are ratable within the site.

Webcams.travel offers two APIs. The first allows access to the webcam repository and the user community using the REST protocol and returning responses in XML, JSON, or PHP. The second, EasyMap JavaScript API, allows users to add webcams to existing maps using JavaScript.

Yahoo WebPlayerYahoo WebPlayer API: The Yahoo WebPlayer lets users add trailers, clips and videos to their pages. The player plays mp3, YouTube, and a variety of other video and audio formats and can turn any page into a playlist. Users add JavaScript snippets to the top of their HTML pages to access the functionality of the player.

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