API Spotlight: Social Media Curation Snip.It, Captricity, and Clean Power Estimation.

Matthew Scott
Nov. 09 2012, 04:34PM EST

Of the many APIs we published this week, eighteen were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those eighteen, which included the CIPF RENATO API.  The API allows researches access to the RENATO genomics database and more specifically the analysis of gene interaction within a cell. There are three main categories within the database: regulatory, genomic and feature. The regulatory category covers regulatory elements, genomic is a location in the genome, and feature involves any element that has a defined location on the genome. To learn more about the CIPF RENATO API visit the RENATO site as well as the CIPF RENATO API blog post.

OfficeRecoveryHave you ever wanted an API that helps the restoration of lost emails and mailboxes, aids the repair of corrupted databases, damaged documents, and even retrieval from damaged external storage devices? The OfficeRecovery Web API does just that and specifies them into three main categories: Corrupted file repair and data recovery, Email and SharePoint management, and Database management. In a nutshell, if you are worried about data loss and want a plan to recover it if it does happen, the OfficeRecovery Web API may be for you. To learn more visit the OfficeRecovery Web site and read the full OfficeRecovery API blog post.

BarzahlenThe Barzahlen API is providing Germany with a clever solution to increasing problems with identity theft. Barzahlen is like any other ecommerce payment option, except customers never provide their card information. Instead the customer prints their receipt, goes into a physical Barzahlen location located around Germany and pays for the product. Once payment is received, the product is shipped directly to the customer’s door through the site. To learn more about the Barzahlen API visit the Barzahlen site as well as the Barzahlen API blog post.

Clean Power EstimatorThe amount you can save with clean power is now easily accessible with the Clean Power Estimator API. The service asks for a zip code to specify location, your bill amount, and estimated energy use. Using this information, the clean power estimator estimates the savings based on irradiance, electric rates, incentives and load profiles for your specific location. The API simply allows developers to incorporate the service into their third party applications. To learn more about the Clean Power Estimator API visit the Clean Power Estimator site as well as the Clean Power Estimator API blog post.

CaptricityCaptricity, the data entry transcribing company transforming data trapped on paper into digital form, has release their official API after enhancing their beta API for a few months under the Code for America Accelerator. The introduction of the Caprticity API allows users a more direct connection to the transcribing service and enhances the potential for growth. To learn more about the Capabilities of the Captricity API visit the Captricity site as well as the Caprticity API blog post.

CareerOneStopThe Careeronestop API aims to help job seekers find their ideal dream job. The service offers advice on how to correctly prepare a resume, cover letter, and thank you letter on top of a wide variety of tools to narrow down an ideal occupation. In addition, Careeronestop is sponsored by the U.S Department of Labor, Employment and training Administration. To learn more about the tools the Careeronestop API offers visit the Careeronestop site as well as the Careeronestop API blog post.

GridspotThe Gridspot beta API provides developers access to Gridspot’s unique way of utilizing cloud-computing capabilities. Gridspot has rock bottom prices due to the fact that all of their idle computers are volunteered for use. Instead of using a heater to heat a room, Gridspot suggests an idle computer using about as much energy as a light bulb will emit heat that will cut down on heating. The key is to find idle computers in the right climate temperature so both Gridspot and the volunteer benefit. To learn more about the Gridspot beta API visit the Gridspot site as well as the Gridspot beta API blog post.

HelloSignHave you ever wanted to incorporate an electronic signature feature to your website or app? The HelloSign API offers just that as a free digital signature service. HelloSign suggests printing, signing, and faxing legal documents is time consuming and cost inefficient. Their service is relatively waste free, efficient, and completely free. To learn more about the HelloSign API visit the HelloSign site and read the full HelloSign API blog post.

PollstarPollstar, the trade publication covering music industry information on a worldwide scale, has released the Pollstar API allowing developers access to the event database. The service provides information about promoters, booking agents, artist managers, venue owners, and almost anyone actively involved in the industry. The API simply makes this information available to developers who can integrate it into their apps or websites. To learn more about the Pollstar API visit the Pollstar site as well as the Pollstar API blog post.

BioGRIDThe BioGRID API provides access to over 35,000 articles that document 550,000 raw protein and genetic interactions. The service allows for searching of proteins and then responds with any genetic data interaction between the searched protein and genes. It also provides tools and resources to help researches compile and present the information they find. To learn more about the BioGRID API visit the BioGRID site as well as the BioGRID API blog post.

Change.orgChange.org is a site aimed to give petitions more outreach and to provide a powerful and uplifting area for petitions to be created. On top of this, the site allows for digital signatures so created petitions can have a greater chance of succeeding. The Change.org API allows users to create, check signatures, and even update petitions to give them a better chance of becoming a reality. To learn more about the Change.org API visit the Change.org site as well as the Change.org API blog post.

SaiaThe Saia API gives developers access to information about their LTL (less-than-a-truckload) shipments. In a nutshell, Saia is a shipping service for customers who have less than a semi-truckload of merchandise to ship. Information developers can access includes tracking information, rate quotes, and pick up scheduling. However, Saia covers 34 of 50 states. To learn more about the Saia API visit the Saia site as well as the Saia API blog post.

PocketThe Pocket API allows developers to easily integrate the pocket service into their third party applications and websites. For a little more depth, the Pocket service allows users to save articles, videos, web pages and other content so they can be viewed at a later time on a smart phone, tablet, or computer even without internet connection. The API also introduces some new organizing features and authentication. To learn more about the Pocket API visit the Pocket site as well as the Pocket API blog post.

HighWire PressStanford University’s Highwire Press API aims to help its partner groups or librarians, researchers, and publishers in the scholarly community publish, manage content, communicate and network more easily. The content is categorized into five topic areas including humanities, medical sciences, physical sciences and etc. To learn more about the technical aspects of the Highwire Press API visit the Stanford Highwire site as well as the Highwire API blog post.

Appointment.comHave you ever had issues with appointment making, or just appointments in general? The Appointment.com API allows developers to integrate the same services that Appointment.com offers into their site or application. Specifically, customers and the company can book and manage appointments at anytime, from any location. The payment method is secure as well as all customer interactions are encrypted. To learn more about the capabilities of the Appointment.com API visit the Appointment.com site as well as the Appointment .com API blog post.

KDF Billion-TonThe KDF Billion-Ton API from the U.S Department of Energy tracks prices of biofuel and anything that may affect those prices. The price projection takes into account the supply chain from farmers to consumers all they way to drought information and weather that may affect the prices of biofuels. To learn more about the KDF Billion-Ton API visit the KDF Billion-Ton site as well as the KDF Billion-Ton API blog post.

Snip.itSnip.It lets you collect what you see and like on the web, ranging from articles to videos, and then categorize and annotate it to be shared on the social curation site. The Snip.it API simply allows developers to integrate the information on the Snip.it site to their apps and websites. Snip.it not only provides a social outlet and interaction for the masses, its services could be used to create learning packs and easily find a lot of information in a single place. To learn more about the Snip.it API visit the Snip.it site as well as the Snip.it API blog post.

BigStockThe Big Stock API program partnered with Emma and CafePress to offer developers access to millions of images and image data. CafePress offers the images to create custom shirts, mugs, and posters while Emma offers the Big Stock images in newsletter, surveys and other marketing materials. To learn more about the Big Stock API and how they are reaching new audiences with their partnership please visit the Big Stock API site as well as the Big Stock API blog post.

Matthew Scott Matt is a finance major at the Lundquist College of Business. He currently manages his own portfolio with aspirations of becoming a certified financial planner in the near future. To connect with Matt, please visit his Google+ and LinkedIn profiles.

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