Today in APIs: Feedly Opens API and 5 New APIs

Kevin Sundstrom, Managing Editor, ProgrammableWeb
Sep. 18 2013, 02:11PM EDT

After months of semi-private development the Feedly API is now public. Plus: Twilio's Voice and Text APIs now reach 350M people, AT&T launches enterprise-focused API program, and 5 New APIs.

Feedly Opens API to All Developers

Feedly, the service that hopes to fill the RSS reader vacancy left by Google Reader, has announced the public release of the company’s API. The API was designed over the last 6 months with simplicity in mind. Over that time Feedly has worked with a limited number of partners to develop the 50 applications that currently operate on the platform.

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5 New APIs

Today we had 5 new APIs added to our API directory including an art market information service, a bibliographic information searching and retrieval service and an employee training and evaluation service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

ArtFactsArtFacts API: ArtFacts provides a database of useful facts about the art world along with special analysis tools to help users understand the art market. It provides data on artists, exhibits, exhibitors, works of art, and catalogs. There are also charts and graphs covering auction results, types of shows, exhibition histories, artists' international scope, and more.

The ArtFacts API is still in Beta. It can retrieve ArtFacts' top ranked artists, get the site's list of "Up and Coming" artists, search for a specific artist, or get all details on a specific artist.

lobidlobid API: lobid (Linking Open Bibliographic Data) is a service for retrieving and searching bibliographic data, including titles, authors, etc. lobid is provided by the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Center and can be accessed programmatically via REST API. It should be noted, however, that the API is still in Beta, and the documentation may be outdated or incomplete at this time.

MindflashMindflash API: Mindflash provides businesses with employee training services, which allows them to create courses and then evaluate the impact of training on their success. Mindflash can use pre-existing training assets in a variety of media formats, such as PowerPoint presentations and video files. It also offers different types of quizzes that can be used to assess comprehension and make the learning experience more interactive. Mindflash's reports provide a detailed look at performance statistics for both departments and individuals.

Mindflash provides a RESTful API that lets clients manage their users and user groups, enroll trainees in courses, and get basic reporting information.

Optemo SearchOptemo Search API: Optemo is an adaptive search and navigation provider that uses data to continually update and format users searches. The Optemo Search API allows users to provide a consistent format and search experience across multiple platforms and devices, as well as power the search, navigation, and recommendation services through cloud hosting. An account is required with service

VognitionVognition API: Vognition is an advanced voice recognition service. It allows users to communicate with machines using verbal cues, negating the need to key in codes or commands to elicit certain actions. It can be used to voice-enable household devices like TVs, clock radios, microwaves, and thermostats. Vognition's services are accessible via REST API. An example is provided on GitHub.

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