Today in APIs: DPLA Expands Offerings, and 12 New APIs

Greg Bates
Apr. 21 2014, 02:00PM EDT

Digital Public Library of America adds millions of items that can be accessed through its API. Appy Pie releases API for Kindle Fire. Plus: How Apple dodged the Heartbleed virus with the help of an API, GoogolPlex hack for using voice control, and 12 new APIs.

DPLA Expands Archives by Millions of Records, Available via API

We last covered the Digital Public Library of America almost exactly a year ago when it began building an innovative search portal and offered a platform with an API that to date has received 9 million hits. It connects the databases of many libraries to make them searchable as one. Apps can be developed using its API. Apps developed include OpenPics, Culture Collage (somewhat modeled after Pinterest), and FindDPLA which is designed for wikipedia writers looking for sources to cite in articles.

Now the DPLA is beefing up its offerings.


As Megan Geuss reports in arstechnica, they have now surpassed 7 million records in their archives:

The New York Public Library agreed to expand access to its digital collections in the coming year. It will increase from the initial 14,000 digitized items it lent the DPLA catalog to over 1 million such records.

In addition, the DPLA announced partnerships with the California Digital Library, the Connecticut Digital Archive, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the US Government Printing Office, Indiana Memory, and the Montana Memory Project.

The US Government Printing Office is perhaps the most prominent of these: it's set to provide its growing collection of documents from budgets to legislation to the DPLA. The Digital Library has received over $2 million in grants its first year.

Mobile App Builder Appy Pie Offers API for Kindle Fire HD

Appy Pie, a company that offers software for mobile app builders, has released an API that allows users to create highly customized apps with no development experience. Kindle Fire HDs support android apps running on HTML5.

As Appy Pie CEO Abhinav Girdhar commented,

Appy Pie already allows Users to build apps for all the major platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows 8 & Blackberry 10, so adding support for Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD was a natural step.

With more than 5,000 apps being produced per month, Appy Pie has climbed to the number 1 spot in the mobile App software space.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

12 New APIs

Today we had 12 new APIs added to our API directory including a content performance analysis service, an open source project information service, a data file conversion and sharing service, a nigerian sms service and a social networking website consolidation service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

BuzzSumoBuzzSumo API: BuzzSumo is a service for identifying which content performs best for a given topic or competitor. It also helps identify key influencers who are good at promoting specific kinds of content. The BuzzSumo API allows users to programmatically retrieve data on top content, top influencers, article sharers, and links shared.

Collaboration TodayCollaboration Today API: OpenNTF provides a framework for developing and hosting open source projects. The Collaboration Today API can retrieve information from OpenNTF, including the URLs for projects, the names of projects, short project descriptions, a project's creation date, the date of the last release, project owners and contributors, a project's GitHub name and URL, the person who uploaded a given release, and more.

FlatMergeFlatMerge API: FlatMerge is an API that helps users share Excel and flat file data. Users can upload their data files to FlatMerge, which analyzes and transforms them into OData. From there, users can query the data or metadata for an uploaded file. API users can also get a listing of their files and delete files from FlatMerge.

KEID SMSKEID SMS API: KEID SMS provides online SMS solutions for businesses, organizations, and individuals. It is designed primarily to reach people in Nigeria, but also covers 650 networks in 210 countries. KEID SMS processes 1,500 SMS per second and offers real-time delivery reports. Transactional SMS is available for banks and other such institutions. Users get their SMS units back if the SMS does not deliver successfully.

Lkd.toLkd.to API: Lkd.to is a service for consolidating the user's social networking services. It generates websites that are similar to vCards, electronic business cards that can be used to share personal contact information along with photographs, audio clips, and other digital information. Lkd.to comes with a read-only API for retrieving a user's available sites and exporting user details as a vCard.

MailTrackerMailTracker API: MailTracker provides real-time email tracking services that let users know when, where, on what devices, for how long, and how many times their emails have been viewed. MailTracker can provide such information for Gmail, Yahoo!, Google Apps Business, Hotmail, and custom SMTP accounts. Users can integrate with MailTracker via API.

Nimblevox Click-2-DialNimblevox Click-2-Dial API: Nimblevox is a cloud communications service with Hosted IVR, Automatic Speech Recognition, Text-to-Speech, Answering Machine Detection, Outbound Dialing, SMS Solution, Service Creation Tool, and Out of the box API's.

The Click-2-Dial API enables calling directly into your website. You can monitor agent call volumes, track call traffic, and integrate into your CRM. The API dials the agent, when they answer or accept, the connection is made.

Nimblevox Fast LaneNimblevox Fast Lane API: Nimblevox is a cloud communications service with Hosted IVR, Automatic Speech Recognition, Text-to-Speech, Answering Machine Detection, Outbound Dialing, SMS Solution, Service Creation Tool, and Out of the box API's.

The Fast Lane API allows companies to give their customers access to portions of their IVR or Call Center from a web page selection. When invoked, the API dials the phone number, including any additional needed digits. A message informing the agent of the caller is played and requests call acceptance. When the agent accepts, the system calls the customer back. This decreases customer hold time and reduces communication costs.

Nimblevox serviceStartNimblevox serviceStart API: Nimblevox is a cloud communications service with Hosted IVR, Automatic Speech Recognition, Text-to-Speech, Answering Machine Detection, Outbound Dialing, SMS Solution, Service Creation Tool, and Out of the box API's.

The serviceStart API is used to invoke your custom applications. It receives the request, starts phone line, and passes request data to your application.

Nimblevox SMS ReceiveNimblevox SMS Receive API: Nimblevox is a cloud communications service with Hosted IVR, Automatic Speech Recognition, Text-to-Speech, Answering Machine Detection, Outbound Dialing, SMS Solution, Service Creation Tool, and Out of the box API's.

The SMS Receive API enables a callback to a URL you define in my.nimblevox.com. The URL is defined by configuring the SMS Receive URL for the phone number, and the callback is initiated from nimblevox. When a caller sends a text message to your nimblevox phone number, nimblebox sends the info to your url.

Nimblevox SMS SendNimblevox SMS Send API: Nimblevox is a cloud communications service with Hosted IVR, Automatic Speech Recognition, Text-to-Speech, Answering Machine Detection, Outbound Dialing, SMS Solution, Service Creation Tool, and Out of the box API's.

The SMS Send API enables using an HTTP POST request to send text messages.

Nimblevox Voice AnnouncementNimblevox Voice Announcement API: Nimblevox is a cloud communications service with Hosted IVR, Automatic Speech Recognition, Text-to-Speech, Answering Machine Detection, Outbound Dialing, SMS Solution, Service Creation Tool, and Out of the box API's.

With the Voice Announcement API you can place a phone call and play a message. This can be used to send alerts, broadcast messages to customers, or to send reminders.

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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