4 New APIs: Send Faxes, Transcode Video, Access US Newspapers, Perform Semantic Reasoning

John Musser
Oct. 25 2009, 01:40PM EDT

This week we had a variety of new APIs added to our API directory, including an API for transcoding video in the cloud, an API from the Library of Congress that provides access to a very large achive of US newspaper pages, a semantic reasoning API for accessing the Cyc ontology, and an API for sending faxes using a commercial web-based service. Below are more details on each of these new API listings.

AnkoderAnkoder API: Ankoder is a "cloud based video transcoding API enabling companies to easily integrate video functions into their web services. This pay-per-use service keeps you up-to-date with the latest codecs and saves you from developing custom encoding solutions."

Chronicling AmericaChronicling America API: Chronicling America from the US Library of Congress, provides access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages. The site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. To encourage a wide range of potential uses, "we designed several different views of the data we provide, all of which are publicly visible. You do not need an API key to use them."

CycCyc API: This API provides access to the Cyc Knowledge Base. OpenCyc is the open source version of the Cyc technology, a general knowledgebase and commonsense reasoning engine. OpenCyc includes the Cyc ontology, which "contains hundreds of thousands of terms, plus millions of assertions relating the terms to each other, forming an upper ontology whose domain is all of human consensus reality. Using the API, a programmer can build an OpenCyc app with very little familiarity with CycL or with the OpenCyc KB. You might use the API to create apps that access the knowledge base for browsing, editing, or inference."

Innoport FAXInnoport FAX API: The Innoport FAX API lets developers send out faxes from their applications. Libraries are provided to help develop applications in a variety of languages including Java, .NET, Cold Fusion, and PHP. Secure access provided over SSL. Note that no public documentation is available.

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