Not the SIRI API You Were Expecting

Adam DuVander
Jan. 20 2012, 12:00AM EST

When Apple announced the API powered Siri feature, many started asking the same question we did when Siri was just an app mashup: where's the Siri API? While Apple hasn't added one, we now list a SIRI API, but it's not the one you want to see.

New York City's transit authority has added a new Bus Time API that provides real-time arrival information. It's name? Service Interface for Real Time Information, or SIRI.

iHOP GeneticsIf I had to guess, I'd say MTA's choice of names was unintentional. But another new API appears to have gone out of its way to choose the same name as a United States restaurant chain. The iHOP Genetics API cannot help you find an International House of Pancakes. This science-focused API lets you discover "Information Hyperlinked Over Proteins." It's a database of genetic information, probably most useful to biologists.

While those aren't the APIs you'd expect, their more famous counterparts may be coming soon enough. As our directory near 5,000 APIs, it's starting to seem like there's an API for absolutely everything.

Adam DuVander Hi! I'm Developer Communications Director for SendGrid and former Executive Editor of ProgrammableWeb. I currently serve as a Contributing Editor. If you have API news, or are interested in writing for ProgrammableWeb, please contact editor@programmableweb.com Though I'm a fan of anything API-related, my particular interest is in mapping. I've published a how-to book, Map Scripting 101, to get anyone started making maps on websites. In a not-so-distant past life I wrote for Wired and Webmonkey.

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=v= The MTA (and OneBusAway) had the SIRI API available before Apple launched its similarly-named product. SIRI is a standard developed in Europe and has been around since 2004.