39 New APIs: USPS Merchant Returns, Beddit and VitaDock

Wendell Santos
Dec. 30 2012, 08:00AM EST

This week we had 39 new APIs added to our API directory including a mapping and location-aware data service, sleep monitoring service, health monitoring service, public identity lookup service, and postal return shipping service. Additionally we covered an API that helps simplify software localization. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

AdhocracyAdhocracy API: Adhocracy is a social participation platform that facilitates a democratic, transparent, open, and focused dialogue. It allows disparate parties to engage in the process of drafting proposals which will then represent the group’s opinions and, eventually, its decisions regarding a given subject. Adhocracy not only provides organizations and interest groups the opportunity for open democratic discussion, but also gives all participants the opportunity to contribute their views and ideas to help shape decisions. The Adhocracy website is provided solely in German, but the API documentation is provided in English.

Argus FundalyticsArgus Fundalytics API: The service provides data indicating supply and demand conditions and resulting price projections in world energy markets, including crude oil, refined petroleum, natural gas, and other resources. It also provides estimates of transportation capacity and rates of usage, which affect delivery of energy products to market. Applications can make use of authoritative indicators of market fundamentals, compiled and analyzed for compatibility in reporting and graphic displays.

API methods provide data streams for specified time ranges, markets, and energy products cached for 10-minute intervals. Methods allow selection of data sources and data types along with tags applied by the service to distinguish groups of data points.

BedditBeddit API: The service provides monitoring of a user's sleep patterns. A bedside device detects physical conditions and activities, uploading data to the service for later access by the sleeper, health care providers, or personal trainers. Data tracked include raw ballistocardiography (BCG) signals, heart rate measurements and variability (HRV), minute-by-minute actigraphy, and classification of the subject as asleep or awake at the moment of data collection.

API methods support authorization of access to a user account, followed by retrieval of information about the user and the timeline data collected by the bedside monitor. Requests can specify particular date and time ranges to gather data recorded during those spans. In addition to BCG and HRV, returned data report on conditions in the room such as light and sound levels.

CarweBCarweB API: The service provides vehicle registration information for European countries. It interacts with national authorities for automobiles registration and returns ownership and leinholder information based on license plate number, serving needs of insurance providers, repair shops and parts suppliers, leasing/rental companies and dealers, and parking facility operators.

API methods support submission of a Vehicle Registration Mark, such as a license plate number, to obtain lookup access to vehicle title information documented with the appropriate national authority within Europe. Returned data include the name and address of the vehicle's registered owner and other information from its valid title or other ownership documents. XML structure may be customized for specific needs.

CucuponsCucupons API: Cucupons is a Guatemalan coupon service dedicated to providing the best savings to various areas of life. Users receive daily emails with offers which can then be purchased, printed, and redeemed in person. The Cucupons API allows users to retrieve featured deals and other deal information. The service uses REST calls and can return JSON or XML. The website is in Spanish.

DestakesDestakes API: Destakes is a Portuguese news aggregator site and the accompanying API allows users to look up much of the information from the site. Users can search news stories for a given term, search a term for related news, and list all sources used in stories. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in RSS.

Edinburgh FestivalEdinburgh Festival API: Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, hosts twelve major festivals per year. The Edinburgh Festival API - provided by the Edinburgh Festivals Innovation Lab - can be used to retrieve a filterable list of events from these festivals. This API can be accessed using REST calls issued in either XML or JSON format.

Eurotax RepairEstimateEurotax RepairEstimate API: EurotaxGlass's is a leading provider of data, solutions, and business intelligence services for the European automotive community. The Eurotax RepairEstimate API enables users to estimate the cost of repairs for a vehicle based on its make, model, extent of damage, and the country in which it is located. This service can be accessed directly through the website or programmatically using SOAP calls.

EurotaxGlass ValuationEurotaxGlass Valuation API: EurotaxGlass is a leading provider of data, solutions, and business intelligence services for the European automotive community. They provide the Valuation API, which enables users to determine the value of a car based on information such as the country in which the vehicle is located, its condition, and its mileage. This service is programmatically accessible using SOAP calls issued in XML format.

Eventlister.comEventlister.com API: Eventlister.com provides a large event directory for craft, festival, concert, art and expo shows. If you're a new or even experienced crafter, Eventlister.com provides you with the tools you need to exhibit and sell your crafts yourself: connecting you with local events and even with exhibitors looking for vendors in your area. You can also search through the indexed listings of various craft/art functions for a specified time or location.

The REST based Eventlister.com API allows third party sites and developers to utilize the event listings and messaging capabilities of the site when building their own applications or tools. Methods include: EventCategories, EventSearch, EventImage, EventWebsiteForwarder, MessageSend, MessageCheckStatus and more. Respones are formatted in XML.

EXIF.inEXIF.in API: EXIF.in is a simple service that allows users to view and remove EXIF data from images over HTTP. Users can add /strip to their HTTP GET request and get back a URI to an exact copy of the image with its EXIF data removed. Responses are formatted in JSON.

Greater Taree City Council AutoCompleteGreater Taree City Council AutoComplete API: The Greater Taree City Council (GTCC) - located in New South Wales, Australia - provides a Development Application tracking service through its website. This tracking service comes with a SOAP-based API for accessing the autocomplete function that helps users fill in the advanced search form fields for street and suburb names.

Groupdeal2UGroupdeal2U API: Groupdeal2U is a shopping service that collects and delivers deals for consumers and businesses. Users are able to purchase vouchers/coupons for a 20% to 90% discount off goods and services. The Groupdeal2U API allows users to integrate daily deals into third party applications. An API key is required for use along with following branding requirements.

Hawkesbury City Council MasterviewHawkesbury City Council Masterview API: Masterview is Hawkesbury City Council's application tracking system. It enables users to track the status of Development Applications, Construction Certificates, and Complying Development Certificates. Users can search for an application for a particular property by application number or by property address. Users can also search for details on all developments within a particular time frame. Masterview can be accessed directly through the website or programmatically via SOAP API.

Há GreveHá Greve API: The Há Greve API provides information regarding upcoming, current, or past Portuguese strikes. It provides the start/end date, company name, the first and last name of the author of each strike, a brief description of the strike, and a source where the information was gathered from. The API is HTTP GET protocol and responses are formatted in JSON.

Hornsby Shire Council Application EnquiryHornsby Shire Council Application Enquiry API: The Hornsby Shire Council provides the Application Enquiry service, which enables users to track the progress of their applications from submission to resolution. Applications that can be tracked by this service include Building Applications, Building Certificates, Construction Certificates, Development Applications, etc. The information provided for each application identifies key tasks and estimated timeframes, and also includes public documents associated with the application. Users can look up information directly through the website or programmatically via SOAP API.

IDlightIDlight API: IDlight is a public identity lookup service. It uses standards like Webfinger, XRD and hCard to retrieve public profiles. Other well-known profile sources are explored as well. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML and JSON.

Intacct Online AccountingIntacct Online Accounting API: The service provides access to and interaction with the provider's suite of online accounting tools. It allows for integration of accounting functionality with other applications such as e-commerce and vendor management tools to automatically book financial transactions such as sales revenues with resulting receivables and invoices with resulting payables. Reporting functions generate standard accounting statements according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

API methods support the full range of accounting functions, including creating and updating the chart of accounts, booking general ledger transactions, assigning transactions to specific accounts, managing accounts receivable and accounts payable, etc. Reporting methods generate income (profit and loss) statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements, etc.

isemail Address Validationisemail Address Validation API: The service validates email addresses for compliance with standards detailed in internet requests for comment (RFCs). It verifies that the character count is within limits and that formatting reflects acknowledged best practices. Some internet service providers and email services generate noncompliant addresses, which may cause systems using strict validation to reject them as undeliverable. The service reduces this likelihood by catching and highlighting potential formatting problems. It makes no effort to confirm that email can actually reach a particular address, only that address formatting complies with applicable guidelines.

API methods allow submission of a character string and return a status of 1 or 0 indicating valid or invalid, along with diagnostic text describing any validity problem.

MapData ServicesMapData Services API: The Australian service provides mapping and location-aware information services for integration with other applications. Information available for a location includes property risks such as flood, fire, cyclone, earthquake and hailstorm along with more general social infrastructure such as roads, commercial activity, social service and government facilities, etc. Map rendering services help to generate images of terrain and conditions for a specified location, with road networks and route mapping between locations.

API methods support submission of a location as address, latitude and longitude, or other location IDs along with information requested: risk factors, infrastructure, amenities, etc. Mapping methods allow designation of pin markers, area polygons, map boundaries and zoom levels, etc. Methods also support location-aware search for businesses and other features local to a specified place.

MarketScoutMarketScout API: MarketScout is a corporate intelligence building platform that deals with complex data pulled from a variety of sources and aggregated as well as sorted with analytical tools. The service also utilizes a variety of interfaces for content delivery from RSS to mobile, tablet and web interfaces. Do research on an individual or company scale level.

The MarketScout API allows MarketScout users the ability to create analytic applications which utilize the MarketScount Analytics Engine and additionally, allows for historical analysis. Developers can tap into facets such as: Indicators (time series), Entities (People, Companies, Facilities), Projects (Energy, Infrastructure, Resources, Technology), and Geospatial (Mines, Ports, Processing Plants, Vital Infrastructure)

The API is REST based with responses formatted in JSON.

MeracordMeracord API: Meracord is a payment processing solution that focuses on collecting, holding, and distributing funds. The Meracord API allows developers to integrate the Meracord payment solutions with their existing business accounts. From this developers receive real time updates on the management of their funds as well as access to Meracord services. The API is made of a series of WS-Security protected web services, and is supported in SOAP.

National Institute for Geographic Information and forestryNational Institute for Geographic Information and forestry API: The service provides data for mapping and geographic information sysetms (GIS) applications related to forestry and agricultural conditions in France. It documents forest coverage, tree species and health, soil conditions, and related environmental reports tied to specific locations, identified as geographic points or physical areas. It is intended to provide a continuously updated inventory of French forest resources.

API methods support retrieval of reports on tree species, environmental health, and forestation. Data may be formatted as map layers for integration with third-party mapping applications. Native client integrations are available, including Geoportal.

North Sidney Council Application MasterNorth Sidney Council Application Master API: The North Sidney Council enables users to track the status of their Development Applications (DA) using its Application Master service. This service allows users to retrieve the current status of a DA, tasks undertaken as part of the assessment process, and publicly available electronic documents. The Application Master service can either be accessed directly through the website or programmatically using a SOAP API.

NSW Office of Water HydstraNSW Office of Water Hydstra API: The NSW Office of Water manages an extensive water monitoring system that provides vital data such as flow levels, volume, and quality. Data is stored in the NSW's implementation of the Hydstra water database. Hydstra is a time-series data management system that provides tools for building and maintaining time-series data archives. The NSW Office of Water's water data is available through the website or via the Hydstra API.

OnlineCity NIMTAOnlineCity NIMTA API: NIMTA is a messaging gateway provided by OnlineCity. Gateway subscribers can send SMS, MMS, and email to recipients in almost any country. NIMTA supports both dialog-based services, which send a message to one specific recipient, and information services, which send the same message to multiple recipients. NIMTA's API enables customers to build message-based services on top of the gateway. The NIMTA API comes in both SOAP-based and RESTful versions. The OnlineCity website is provided solely in Danish, but API documentation is given in English.

POEditorPOEditor API: POEditor is a collaborative web-based software localization tool designed for translators and software developers who, through localization, want to make their products and services available on a global market. An API is available for developers to integrate the software's functionality into their own applications. Methods include listing projects, viewing project details, adding terms to a project, updating language and more. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

PRONOMPRONOM API: PRONOM is an online registry of technical information useful in the accession and long-term preservation of electronic records. This includes authoritative information about software products, their support lifecycles, their technical requirements, and the file formats which they support. Originally used solely by the National Archives, PRONOM is now available as a resource for anyone requiring access to this type of information.

The PRONOM API provides programmatic methods for retrieving PRONOM's information resources. This API uses SOAP calls issued in XML format.

Scholarly iQScholarly iQ API: The service provides measures of popularity and influence of published papers and authors. It generates data recording how often a publication is cited by other scholars and how influential those citations are within the author's field. Data conform to the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) protocol (ANSI/NISO Z39.93) for data about usage of electronic resources.

API methods support access to reports that track citations of a publication in journals, databases, and books. Returned data can be formatted according to the provider's proprietary COUNTER protocol or the SUSHI standard.

SemiocastSemiocast API: The Semiocast API allows users to analyze micro-messages, timelines, and feeds to get semantic information such as language, author location, topics, or sentiment. Users can also filter timelines and feeds by language and location or prepare semantics-based annotations for a Tweet.

Future functions will allow users to search networks with semantic, linguistic, and location constraints and to get global statistics about public messages.

ShippingEasyShippingEasy API: The service provides rate quotes, delivery estimates, label and shipping document creation, and pickup/delivery scheduling for parcel shipments related to e-commerce sales and other small package transactions. It automates interactions with a number of couriers to quote shipping rates and delivery terms offered, with ability to choose an available option, complete documents including address label and customs declarations, and schedule pickup. The service interacts with shippers for package tracking and delivery status inquiries.

API methods support submitting customer information, delivery address, shipment contents, and other particulars to generate shipping options from a list of available couriers. Methods also support shipping document creation, including bill of lading, and finalization of the shipping transaction. The API provides tracking number and other delivery status information.

SIX Address ImageSIX Address Image API: The Spatial Information eXchange (SIX) is a resource provided by the government of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia. SIX is the official source for NSW geospatial information along with land and property information. The SIX Address Image API lets users retrieve geospatial imagery of a specified NSW address. This API uses SOAP calls issued in XML format.

SMSNetworksSMSNetworks API: The service provides SMS text messaging within South Africa. It is designed for individual messaging and bulk messaging campaigns, either via FTP upload of files specifying message text and recipient mobile phone numbers or via HTTP GET and POST requests. Applications anticipated include appointment reminders and timely customer communications as well as promotional campaigns to attract new customers. Message delivery can work through all South African mobile phone service providers.

API methods support submitting recipient lists and message text for bulk message delivery, with routing of any replies. Methods also support generating single SMS messages with individual text and recipient.

Social123 SocialData+Social123 SocialData+ API: SocialData+ by Social123 allows database and CRM developers and users the ability to incorporate social media contacts and information in with your existing contact structure. You can see how many connections, followers, etc. each of your contacts have and give them a social score based on their impact in various social network platforms.

The SocialData+ API is REST based with returns in PHP. API functions include: GET, DELETE, UPDATE and RENAME Lists along with GET Contacts. API functions are provided for content in the created customer list.

TransCore DAT ConnexionTransCore DAT Connexion API: The service provides a clearinghouse for truck transportation information, including available carriers, rates, and loads, both full and less-than-truckload (LTL). Trucking companies can offer services and find loads suited to their capabilities, while shippers can identify potential transportation providers and post their loads for delivery offers. The service allows both truckers and shippers to benchmark spot rates and investigate provider and shipper qualifications.

API methods support integration with transportation management systems (TMS) and load dispatching applications. Methods also support access to the provider's rate and load databases for benchmarking current terms against market standards.

UkashUkash API: Ukash is a form of eMoney - it is treated exactly like cash, but it is spent online. Ukash is useful for those who don’t have a credit or debit card, or who don’t want to use their card to pay online. Customers exchange cash for a unique 19-digit Ukash code and use it to pay at the thousands of websites that accept Ukash. It can also be used to load prepaid cards and eWallets. If the Ukash code is more than the value of the purchase, change will be refunded as a new code. Ukash is available in over 55 countries at outlets that include shops, petrol stations, kiosks, ATMs, and online.

USPS Merchant ReturnsUSPS Merchant Returns API: The service provides expedited processing of shipping for returns of merchandise delivered via the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Specifically, it augments service to merchants through the provider's Scan Based Payment program by allowing expedited processing of customer product returns with quick refunds of purchase price. By offering merchant-funded USPS return labels, sellers can encourage trial purchases and simplify interactions with customers. Each shipping label generated by the service carries an Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IMpb) for automated package tracking.

API methods support submission of a return processing request with customer name and address, product specifications, and merchant account ID. The API responds with a fully formatted shipping label, USPS tracking number, and related processing information.

VitaDock OnlineVitaDock Online API: VitaDock is an application that lets users measure, read and manage their vital data on mobile devices including iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. This data includes measurements of blood sugar, blood pressure, fever and blood analysis.

The VitaDock Online API allows synchronization with any user using VitaDock medical devices. The API is based on the Open Authentication standard with which users can connect their web, mobile or desktop application to. Documentation and support are provided for developers.

Wyoming FRVPWyoming FRVP API: The service provides verification of compliance with driver financial responsibility requirements enacted by the U.S. state of Wyoming. It checks for registration of automobile insurance coverage and confirms legal compliance status. The service was created to help police detect circumvention of the state requirement to maintain continued insurance coverage by paying only a single month's premium just to gain proof of insurance documents.

API methods support electronic verification of coverage for vehicles covered by personal lines insurance. (Wyoming law exempts vehicles covered by a commercial insurance policy from verification requirements.) Methods allow submission of driver and vehicle identifying information along with policy number (if known) and dates of coverage to return updated information on coverage status at the time specified.

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