34 New APIs This Week: MapQuest Directions, URL Shorteners, Coupons and Fraud Prevention

Adam DuVander
Nov. 21 2010, 02:02PM EST

This week we had 34 new APIs added to our API directory including a web-based e-signature service, development platform for im robots, directory assistance service, url shortening tool, geographical location service, bank routing number verification and New Zealand auction site. Below is more detail on each of these new APIs.

AssureSignAssureSign API: AssureSign offers its DocumentNOW and DocumentTRAK API tools, which allow users to integrate with existing environments, including Microsoft applications. Developers can use the AssureSign DocumentTRAK API to instantaneously transmit executed documents into existing systems. DocumentNOW and DocumentTRAK provide users with several implementation options, including seamless integration to existing business applications, such as salesforce, sharepoint and oracle.

AssureSign is an enterprise-class process automation solution that integrates with existing systems and business applications to secure legally binding electronic signatures. AssureSign can be deployed as a "cloud-computing" or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application, requiring no hardware or software for any user. AssureSign can also be installed on customer premise. AssureSign LLC is a leading provider of web-based electronic signature solutions, featuring unique, patent-pending technology that allows for the execution of any document with forensically identifiable, legally binding signatures. Public documentation for the API is not available.

BotPlatformBotPlatform API: The BotPlatform API is a RESTful service for service provider to manage resources. With the API, users can add, retrieve,modify and delete resources from within their code. These resources may have previously been uploaded on the BotPlatform website. BotPlatform is the exclusive certified platform of Windows Live Messenger (MSN) robots, with more than 70,000 individual developers all over the world. BotPlatform is an instant messenger bot builder and interactive promotion application for online marketing.

CDYNE 411CDYNE 411 API: Utilize this XML Web Service to keep customers and contact information current. CDYNE 411 enables any company to add U.S. and Canadian directory assistance services digitally to any application.

The service can be built into a user's system or software to make it easy to do instantaneous lookups in the middle of a transaction, when entering lead information into a CRM, or while managing a call queue.

CDYNE 411 has five different methods available to update data. "Reverse Phone" is used to return first name, last name, business name, and address by phone number. "Reverse Address" returns names and phone numbers based on address. CDYNE 411 also offers "Find Business", "Find Person", and "Find Neighbor".

CDYNE IP2GeoCDYNE IP2Geo API: Utilize this XML Web Service to resolve IP address to Network Owner Name, City, State/Province, and Country. In some locations, this service also returns Area Code and Latitude and Longitude.

CDYNE IP2Geo is often used to locate customers who visit a business's Web site and/or fill out an online form. This service allows for the integration of location & distance information and other geographic intelligence into your application databases, business processes and Web sites.

IP2Geo can check the validity of clients based on IP address when compared with their carrier and address location. It also provides users with the means to create geographically customized Web site menus. The real-time information returned can be used to trigger special "preferred location" promotions.

CDYNE Phone VerificationCDYNE Phone Verification API: Utilize this XML Web Service to validate any phone number within the United States and Canada. CDYNE Phone Verification can quickly and accurately verify and correct area code and prefixes on U.S. and Canadian phone numbers.

If the area code is incorrect or missing, Phone Verification can be used to identify the error or return the corrected one to update your data. The service also identifies the phone numbers that have new area codes following a NANPA split and replaces incorrect area codes. As a bonus for call centers, Phone Verification can also identify land line and cellular numbers instantly and provide carrier information.

The service can be built into CRM or contact software as well as integrated into Web sites and other applications to cleanse data at point of entry. This API uses SOAP protocol and responses are formatted in XML.

Copyscape PremiumCopyscape Premium API: The Copyscape Premium API allows developers to integrate Copyscape Premium into a Content Management System, enabling the ability to automatically check the originality of new content as it arrives from writers. If you have created a private index, the API also lets you add content to your private index or check new content against it.

The API allows developers to write scripts on a server that query the Copyscape Premium service and receive results in XML or HTML format.

CoupaCoupa API: Coupa's open APIs can be used to directly integrate with virtually any system to automate the complete end-to-end procurement process. The APIs can be used for reference data and transactions. Coupa is the leading provider of cloud spend management (CSM) solutions that help companies control their indirect spending. Public documentation of the APIs is not available.

F'n Lame URL ShortenerF'n Lame URL Shortener API: The F'n Lame API lets users create a shortened URL for lame links or look up the full length URL via a simple URL request. The links can then be used on social medial sites. Users can also find out how many times a generated link has been clicked. The API uses RESTful protocol and responses are formatted in XML.

FraudLabs AreaCodeWorld NPA NXX Area CodeFraudLabs AreaCodeWorld NPA NXX Area Code API: The AreaCodeWorld NPA NXX Area Code Web Service is a hosted, programmable XML Web Service that provides you geographical and other important information in North America including the United States, Canada and most of the Caribbean through NPA and NXX search. The AreaCodeWorld NPA NXX Area Code Web Service returns information such as state, city, LATA, latitude, longitude, time zone and etc. FraudLabs develops, markets and supports a scoring system online for online credit card transactions. The API uses SOAP protocol and responses are formatted in XML. Complete documentation is not publicly available.

GeotokoGeotoko API: Geotoko is a platform that allows brands, businesses and agencies to create their own branded location-based promotions (e.g. sweepstakes, contests, give-aways) and to simultaneously publish them on multiple location-based services like foursquare, gowalla, facebook places, yelp, twitter etc. An API key is required for use. Users can search by location(latitude, longitude and radius) or by foursquare and gowalla IDs. This API (beta) provides access to Geotoko campaign data via HTTP requests and returns all data in JSON format.

GuidewireGuidewire API: Guidewire Software exclusively serves the P&C insurance industry. They build and implement the core systems on which insurance carriers run their businesses. Guidewire provides a variety of integration mechanisms, including a web services API. Data can be exchanged in any format, including ACORD XML or IAA. These flexible options have enabled over one hundred live production integrations at our current customer sites, including integrations to dozens of legacy mainframe systems. Public documentation is not available for the API.

IceRocket Blog SearchIceRocket Blog Search API: The IceRocket API provides real time blog searching capabilities to users. IceRocket is a search engine company specializing in real time blog and social site searching. The API does not have public documentation.

INZUINZU API: The INZU API is designed to allow external websites and other servers to access an array of content from INZU.net through a series of data feeds and media references. The INZU API is an XML based data feed that allows users to retrieve text data and media for all the common CMS tasks including, news, events, links, personnel, galleries, video, store and more. With this, users can add content management features to their clients' websites. INZU is set up for the special requirements of the music industry to make selling and promoting music online as straight forward as possible.

Junaio CallbackJunaio Callback API: The Junaio Callback API allows users to interact with the Junaio server through four types of requests. Junaio is an advanced Augmented Reality browser. It acts as an instant source of information about places, events, bargains or objects located nearby. The API has the following methods: subscribe, search, event and visual search. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML.

Lyons Account VerificationLyons Account Verification API: Lyons Commercial Data is a provider of U.S. financial institution data including bank routing numbers and other information critical to transaction processing. Lyons Commercial Data provides access to Account Verification web services (API) via XML-based web services hosted in a secure and fully redundant data center. Applications accessing Lyons Commercial Data web services utilize SOAP protocol to process information requests to and from Lyons Commercial Data servers via http or https for SSL encryption. The API uses SOAP protocol and responses are formatted in XML.

Lyons OFACLyons OFAC API: The Lyons OFAC web services provide streamlined access to the three most often used watch lists for clients looking to incorporate Office of Foreign Asset Control screening into their own applications. Lyons Commercial Data is a provider of U.S. financial institution data including bank routing numbers and other information critical to transaction processing. The API has simple methods that allow users to submit a name, or country and name, against the following watch lists: Office of Foreign Asset Control Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list; Bureau of Industry and Security's (BIS) Denied Person's list; Non-SDN list (NS-PLC). The API uses SOAP protocol and responses are formatted in XML.

Lyons Routing Number VerificationLyons Routing Number Verification API: Lyons Commercial Data is a provider of U.S. financial institution data including bank routing numbers and other information critical to transaction processing. The Lyons Routing Number Verification API provides real-time access to the iBankRegistry hosted in a secure and fully redundant data center. These services provide developers a link to vital transaction processing information. Applications accessing Lyons routing number Web Services utilize SOAP to process information requests to and from Lyons servers via https:// for SSL encryption. Responses are formatted in XML.

Lyons SSN ValidationLyons SSN Validation API: This Social Security Number validation web service identifies any irregularities that may exist in association with the SSN provided and returns results that allow users to take appropriate action as part of an application process. Lyons Commercial Data is a provider of U.S. financial institution data including bank routing numbers and other information critical to transaction processing. The API uses SOAP protocol and responses are formatted in XML. Validate SSN accepts a nine digit social security number and returns the following: Valid or Invalid; Issued or Not Issued; If issued, the Year Range of Issuance; Probable Age Range and Region or State where issued.

MapQuest DirectionsMapQuest Directions API: The MapQuest Directions API allows developers to request driving directions, which can be integrated into maps or even mobile applications. The results for the fastest, shortest or pedestrian routes are all available as XML or JSON. There are a number of additional options for intermediate locations, including optimized routing and drag routing.

MapQuest Open DirectionsMapQuest Open Directions API: This API is the open version of MapQuest's Directions API. It is based on OpenStreetMap data, so it provides results internationally. The service provides routing between two or more latitude/longitude points. Includes auto, pedestrian and biking directions, which were launched this week.

MapQuest TrafficMapQuest Traffic API: The Traffic Service API provides real-time traffic information related to incidents, markets and flow. The service could be used in conjunction with a map or without. Search by location for incidents and receive back all the nearby traffic incidents. You can see supported areas by requesting markets or checking the documentation.

MXSaveMXSave API: MXSave helps businesses and individuals with email continuity and backup. The MXSave API provides full capabilities to all services including managing clients and domains to utilize the backup mx service, managing users for the e-mail continuity service, retrieving client domain and user information useful for integrating with billing systems. MXSave provides services that queue e-mail messages automatically during mail server downtimes. The API uses XML-RPC protocol and responses are formatted in XML.

OVH.comOVH.com API: OVH is the No. 1 web hosting company in France and second largest in Europe. SoAPI is a webservice that lets users buy and configure OVH products without needing to connect to Manager web interface. With the WSDL technology, developers use OVH methods remotely in scripts of few lines only, with a number of popular programming language. SoAPI currently has 487 methods, divided into 20 groups. Solutions for entry-level high availability solutions, OVH accompanies changing needs in terms of high availability hosting.

Quizlet FlashcardsQuizlet Flashcards API: The Quizlet API lets developers interested in building a flashcard application use Quizlet's vast content database of about 30 million flashcards. Quizlet is the largest flash cards and study games website with over 3 million free sets of flashcards covering every possible subject. The Quizlet API lets users search for and download Quizlet flashcard sets for use in their own applications. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

RapidSwitchRapidSwitch API: RapidSwitch is a UK-based hosting company. It offers many types of hosting, including dedicated servers. For managing dedicated servers, it includes a control panel and an API to perform much of the reporting and management functionality available in the control panel. Access bandwidth data, IP requests, reverse DNS, reboots, KVMoIP sessions and monitoring/alerts. Developers can include this data in their own customer-facing control panels, so they can offer a full service to their clients.

More information on the API including documentation can be accessed by RapidSwitch clients from their MyServers account.

SagePay Reporting and AdminSagePay Reporting and Admin API: The SagePay Reporting and Admin API allows back-office systems to interact with the Sage Pay payment systems in the same manner as a person with a web browser might use our My Sage Pay administration area. The API uses the same user accounts and privilege system as My Sage Pay, and will allow account administration and reporting functions, but with a finer degree of granularity than the My Sage Pay Screens, with all messages in real-time in a consistent XML format. SagePay offers secure online payment solutions for over 30,000 businesses. Full documentation for the API is not publicly available.

ShareASaleShareASale API: The ShareASale API allows merchants a more advanced method of interacting with real-time transactions as well as reports. ShareASale is an affiliate network providing pay-per-sale, pay-per-lead, and pay-per-click programs for webmasters. ShareASale services two customer sets in affiliate marketing: the affiliate, and the merchant. Using the API, the following reports can be generated; Activity Details, Timespan Reports, Today's Stats, Void Trails, Merchant Status, along with several others. Full documentation is not publicly available.

ShortyShorty API: Shorty is a tool for creating shorter, human- readable links from long URLs. The Shorty API is a URL shortener with a twist. Instead of generating junk characters, it uses English words to make the URLs memorable and repeatable in addition to short. The API provides programmatic access to the URL shortener and the ability to specify a word (if available). Additionally, when links are created with Shorty the link remains working and available so long as your domain is working. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted JSON.

Spiderline Site SearchSpiderline Site Search API: Spiderline is a hosted site search service providing domain-specific site search functionality. An XML API is provided with the service. Public documentation of the API is not available.

StatsMixStatsMix API: StatsMix provides an overview of all your business metrics by aggregating them in a dashboard format. The API exposes some of the functionality of the StatsMix website. Currently the API exposes the stats resource with the parameters resource coming soon. An API key is required for use. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML.

TListsTLists API: The TLISTS API enables filtering of off-topic tweets to provide users the best real-time users and lists for any topic. TLISTS provides real-time "Channels" - live streams of relevant messages from respected sources on a particular topic. TLISTS crawls more than half a million Twitter lists to identify the most respected sources on Twitter. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in either XML or JSON. No authentication is required.

Trade MeTrade Me API: Trade Me is a New Zealand-based auction site that claims it's "where Kiwi's buy and sell." The service provides a place to list all sorts of collectibles, electronics and even vehicles. The Trade Me API provides access to listings via its REST interface with many options for data formats. The API also supports OAuth authentication, which can be used in combination with many features that require a login, such as creating listings and bidding on items. We covered a fun story about How Trade Me Brought an XKCD Cartoon to Life on the blog.

WebPeepWebPeep API: Webpeep is a small web utility that tries to show the technologies (web server, programming language, etc.) powering a web site. It uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON. Documentation is minimal on the site.

ZipsterZipster API: The Zipster API allows anyone interact programmatically with Zipster by providing a range of API methods and data, which can be easily integrated into an application or a website. Zipster is a career website for technology professionals, and the organisations that seek to employ them, in Australia. Zipster is designed for the specific needs of technology professionals, enabling them to perform highly targeted job searches based on specific criteria, including location, type of employment and keyword. The API uses RESTful protocol and responses are formatted in XML. Authorization is provided through OAuth and the use of an API Key.

Adam DuVander -- Adam heads developer relations at Orchestrate, a database-as-a-service company. He's spent many years analyzing APIs and developer tools. Previously he worked at SendGrid, edited ProgrammableWeb and wrote for Wired and Webmonkey. Adam is also the author of mapping API cookbook Map Scripting 101.

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