API Spotlight: Thinkery, Paidpiper, and Karmadata APIs

Matthew Scott
May. 11 2013, 09:37AM EDT

Of the many APIs we published this week, ten were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those ten, which included the Thinkery API. Thinkery aims to help users organize their notes, to do’s, and thoughts to increase productivity and personal management. The Thinkery API was released allowing developers to further this goal through the integration of the Thinkery functionality in third party apps. To learn more about the Thinkery API visit the Thinkery site as well as the Thinkery API blog post.

Zapier Status Zapier automates tasks between APIs and online services. Sometimes these APIs, like all APIs, experience some downtime for maintenance and bug fixes. The Zapier API was released to give developers access to the API status board. This gives developers knowledge on what APIs are experiencing downtime as well as the ability to integrate the dashboard with their existing apps and websites. To learn more about the Zapier API visit the Zapier site as well as the Zapier API blog post.

Billaway is a rewards solution provider for business and enterprises. The Billaway API simply allows developers to integrate the Billaway functionality into billpay and other purchasing systems. The primary focus of the Billaway rewards solution is to provide customers with cash back and credit towards other products. To learn more about the Billaway API visit the Billaway site as well as the Billaway API blog post.

PaidpiperPaidpiper is a mobile payment-processing provider with a twist. Instead of relying on network security to secure transactions, Paidpiper secures each smart phone. Current public documentation is unavailable but the Paidpiper API was built under full compliance with financial regulations. To learn more about the Paidpiper API visit the Paidpiper site as well as the Paidpiper API blog post.

WhatsOnMyBookshelfAre you an avid book reader looking for new content to read without spending any money? The WhatOnMyBookshelf site offers users a point system where they gain a point for uploading their used books and lose a point for reading a book another user uploaded. The WhatsOnMyBookshelf API allows developers to integrate this functionality into their apps or sites and connect more people to the application. To learn more about the WhatsOnMyBookshelf API visit the WhatsOnMyBookshelf site as well as the WhatsOnMyBookshelf API blog post.

CIR VA BacklogThe Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has announced the release of the VA Backlog API. The VA Backlog API gives developers access to information about Veterans and their current status receiving disability benefits.  This includes number of waiting vets; claims received, completed claims, average wait time and etc. To learn more about the VA Backlog API visit the CIR website as well as the VA Backlog API blog post.

KarmadataKarmadata, the information service platform, has announced the karmadata API that gives developers access to specific industry data including Energy, Healthcare, and Legal to name a few.  This data is retrieved and processed from multiple public and private sources to provide users with a comprehensive database of information. Calls to the API are returned in Card, Deck, and Poster format. To learn more about each format and the karmadata API, visit the karmadata site as well as the karmadata API blog post.

ConvoClear communication is crucial in any setting, but even more so in projects and start-ups that must be efficient to succeed. The Convo’s API takes advantage of the cloud based, interactive workspace by providing developers with a means to integrate this functionality with other applications. Users can make profiles, share links, task manage, file manage, and overall collaborate efficiently. To learn more about the Convo API visit the Convo site as well as the Convo 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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