7 New APIs: a Dictionary API, and new Flight, Hotel and Rental Car APIs

John Musser
Jan. 31 2010, 06:05PM EST

This week we had more APIs added to our API directory than any week ever. Seven of these new APIs include an online dictionary API, an API for text and excel conversion tool, an MD5 online file hash API, an aviation and geo data API, a risk modeling API, and a hotel shopping API and a rental car shopping API. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

Dictionary DefinitionsDictionary Definitions API: The Dictionary Definitions API from STANDS4 uses REST calls to enable you to get dictionary definition information in XML format for a given word.

Elev.atElev.at API: Elev.at is a web API that converts legacy/proprietary files such as Text (CSV, tab delimited) and XLS (Excel) into XML in real-time so that it can be consumed by Internet, mobile, and desktop apps. The source file must be reachable via a URL, or must reside within a ZIP file that is reachable via a URL. As the creators note: "Elev.at was created out of the need to consume the data from government sites and convert it into a usable format."

File MD5File MD5 API: File MD5 API allows you to obtain the MD5 hash/checksum of any online file regardless of its type and without the need to download the actual file.

Flig.ht DataFlig.ht Data API: Flig.ht's online aviation data guide and aviation API is compiled from the FAA's data publications and contains aviation and geo data useful for a wide range of applications, but with an emphasis on aviation.

The service is currently in BETA and Flig.ht Data will be previewing a free RESTful API in the near future.

freeriskfreerisk API: Freerisk is a project with the goal of making freely available the data, algorithms and tools necessary to perform risk modeling. This RESTful API allows users to create risk metrics. It acts as a credit risk calculator composed of a set of web calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

According to the developers, as it currently exists, the API is a prototype that's largely undocumented.

Hotwire Hotel ShoppingHotwire Hotel Shopping API: The Hotel Shopping API delivers data describing hotel shopping results similar to those that can be obtained when shopping for hotel rates on Hotwire.com. Each result returned includes a URL that can be used to view additional details and complete a purchase on Hotwire.com.

Hotwire Rental Car ShoppingHotwire Rental Car Shopping API: The Rental Car Shopping API delivers data describing rental car shopping results similar to those that can be obtained when shopping for rental car rates on Hotwire.com. Each result returned includes a URL that can be used to view additional details and complete a purchase on Hotwire.com.

John Musser

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Will

Thanks for sharing, I've been trying to looking for a decent dictionary API and i think the one provided by abbreviations is cool.