Today in APIs: Comm100's API, and 11 New APIs

Greg Bates
Nov. 21 2013, 02:50PM EST

Comm100 updates its API, releases new chat window.  Google updates its Civic API. Plus: Chrome 32 beta has launched and 11 new APIs.

Comm100's API Updated, New Window Capabilities Released

Would you like to chat live with a specialist now? If you've answered yes while on a website from Intel, Rogers, Sunoco, or many other companies, the platform delivering that chat is from Comm100. Now its chat window can be dragged on top of browsers wherever the end user wants it to be. When the user clicks on another browser tab, the window will follow.


As the press release notes, Comm100 has also released an updated API:

"Most businesses have more than one e-commerce tool in use. The APIs are provided for businesses to integrate Comm100 Live Chat with the other e-commerce tools, such as website builder, CRM system, order management system, billing system and so on, to deliver a more targeted and personalized chat experience for customers while increasing the efficiency of customer management and communication efforts."

Live chat isn't only about talking the talk in customer service. A reliable chat system can boost sales as well, the company reports. Now you're talking!

Google Civic API Updated

Want to give your elected official a piece of your mind? Or tell them what a great job they are doing? (Okay, the chances of the latter are infinitesimally, but you just might, some day.) Google's Civic API has undergone a major revamp, helping you find just who deserves your wrath or praise and making it easy to contact them.

Phil Johnson, writing in ITWorld, details the updated features:

"The API was launched last year, and has been used to provide information and apps on polling places and election issues. Now, the API includes data on elected representatives in the United States, from the federal government down to local officials (Google plans to eventually collect data on government jurisdictions and representatives in other countries). Using this new data and functionality, developers can, in theory, create apps to let the voters know who their representatives are and to help constituents get in touch with them."

Of course the API means you can create cool apps that use the info, but you can also build a new scraper for the data. Smoothing out the process is a new standard, the Open Civic Data Identifiers that standardize data from government and make the app building easier--if the government in question cooperates.

API News Your Shouldn’t Miss

11 New APIs

Today we had 11 new APIs added to our API directory including a online marketing affiliate tracking platform, color detection web service, facial recognition web service, video distribution service, video game statistics retrieval service, science and health information provider, sms messaging service, oceanographic data, random user generator for developers, carnegie mellon university course and schedule information, public repository of cancer images for research, . Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

AffilaeAffilae API: Affilae is a marketing affiliate tracking platform. Affilae allows brands and companies to keep track of and reward their online marketing affiliates.

The Affilae API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Affilae with other applications. Some example API methods include listing advertisers, listing partnerships, and retrieving advertising conversions.

APICloud.Me ColorTagAPICloud.Me ColorTag API: APICloud.Me is a cloud-based API provider that aims to deliver scalable APIs that are simple to consume, reliable, and well documented. ColorTag is an API capable of detecting colors within an image. The API produces a list of hex RGB values and text labels that can be used as tags for an image or item. Color tags can be returned sorted by relevance or by weight in the image.

APICloud.Me FaceRectAPICloud.Me FaceRect API: APICloud.Me is a cloud-based API provider that aims to deliver scalable APIs that are simple to consume, reliable, and well documented. FaceRect is an API capable of detecting faces in images. The API can detect multiple faces within a given image, including both frontal and profile faces, and search for face features (eyes, nose, mouth) within each detected face. FaceRect can handle an image at a specified URL, or a file uploaded via HTTP POST.

ClearleapClearleap API: Clearleap is a video library distribution service that allows users to manage, distribute, control, and interact with video libraries across tvs and multimedia displays. The Clearleap API allows users to access and control resources within the Clearleap platform, as well as automate tasks. An account is required with service.

Crysis 3 StatsCrysis 3 Stats API: Crysis 3 Stats provides users with access to their statistics for Crysis 3 - a multi-platform, first-person shooter video game. Players can use Crysis 3 Stats to view their progress over time or to share their game stats with others. The Crysis 3 Stats API allows developers to retrieve game statistics from the website for integration into their own applications. It should be noted that commercial use of the API is discouraged.

Elsevier ScienceDirectElsevier ScienceDirect API: Elsevier is a science and health information provider that employs over 7000 people around the world. Elsevier provides information to scientists, students, and health and information professionals. The Elsevier ScienceDirect API uses both REST and JavaScript protocols and provides access to both paid and free content on ScienceDirect and Scopus, two major platforms for scientific/scholarly publications.

My MobileMy Mobile API: My Mobile API allows users to send and receive SMS from any website or application using the My Mobile API messaging gateway. My Mobile API provides a wide variety methods for sending SMS, including HTTP Get/POST, SMPP, FTP, web services, SQL, email-to-SMS, and Outlook 2010 SMS. Some of these methods are more suited to low-volume use while others are designed for high-volume messaging campaigns.

Ocean Networks CanadaOcean Networks Canada API: Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) supports research on complex Earth processes through its ocean observatories, for the advancement of science and the Benefit of Canada. The Ocean Networks Canada API provides programmatic access to much of ONC’s data and services. Exposed resources include information describing data products, sensor and observation data, station information, and archival data.

RandomUserRandomUser API: RandomUser is an API providing developers with randomly generated users to be used as placeholders for testing. The API can return multiple results, as well as specify generated user details such as gender.

ScottyLabsScottyLabs API: ScottyLabs is an interdisciplinary student organization at Carnegie Mellon University dedicated to connecting students with technological tools to encourage innovation. ScottyLabs’ APIs@CMU project was initiated to provide developer access to structured, on-campus data. The API currently allows developers to access course scheduling information. The API is able to filter results by department, semester, or course.

The Cancer Imaging ArchiveThe Cancer Imaging Archive API: The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA) is a public repository of cancer images and related clinical data for the express purpose of enabling open science research. Currently over 26 million radiologic images of cancer are contained in this repository

Greg Bates A writer for Programmableweb since 2012, Greg is a freelance writer and a maniacal editor of dissertations and term papers. - Follow me on Google+

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