Today in APIs: Huffington Post, Flickr Maps and 13 New APIs

Adam DuVander
Jul. 02 2012, 02:14PM EDT

Super-blog Huffington Post is sharing the political polling data it collects via its first API. Flickr map updates shows someone is paying attention to geo at Yahoo. Plus: a solution to the "Twitter problem," the print button and 13 new APIs.

HuffPo Makes Every Developer a Pollster

The Huffington Post Pollster API allows developers programmatic access to its polls, which the news organization says is a first:

While there are several news organizations that aggregate and analyze polling data, as of yet none have made the underlying numbers that they collect available in a format for other software developers to build programs with. We hope that in making this data accessible we can not only help journalists, researchers and policy analysts better understand current opinions and trends, but also empower them to shed greater light on the limitations and biases of polls and the organizations that conduct them.

The polls go back to 2004 and covers many different aspects of US political campaigns. It is one of 27 politics APIs.

Flickr Chooses Open Street Maps

Flickr has released new map styles using Open Street Map data and the MapBox API. The same technology stack was used when foursquare dropped Google Maps.

That a Yahoo company would go for Open Street Map is notable given that Yahoo Maps closed down, but has sent third-party developers to Nokia Ovi Maps API.

The Twitter Problem?

In A Solution to the Twitter Problem, Nova Spivack explains how Twitter can be open and make money:

My proposed solution is optimal because it will make Twitter’s advertising people happy and will catalyze tremendous revenue growth for the company — possibly enabling it to grow orders of magnitude faster and larger than it can ever be by becoming a closed platform.

Rather than closing the APIs down, there is a way for Twitter to benefit massively by making their APIs even more open, but with a built-in monetization strategy.

API News You Shouldn't Miss

13 New APIs

Today we had 13 new APIs added to our API directory including a social media sentiment analysis service, workforce management application, SMS messaging service and social online payment system. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

BalancedBalanced API: Balanced is an integrated payments solution for online marketplaces. With the Balanced API, users can integrate a payments experience such as in Amazon for their own marketplace. Balanced allows users to bypass dealing with banking systems, compliance, fraud, and security. Additional functionality includes allowing users to hold funds up to seven days before transferring them to a marketplace and tokenizing cards and bank accounts on the client and associating the card securely with the user's Balanced account. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

ConveyConvey API: Converseon is a social media analytics and strategy firm. One of their products is the Convey API that features sentiment analysis along with many other social intelligence features. It utilizes natural language processing, statistical modeling and machine learning techniques to return content-specific annotations. Supported annotations include: sentiment (polarity), emotion, intensity, spam and relevance. With the API, analysis can be conducted that includes searching, querying and relevancy, custom annotations, and continual training. It uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

Genome MapsGenome Maps API: Genome Maps is a genome browser service that allows real-time navigation along chromosomes and karyotypes. Genomic data in different standard formats (GFF, BED, VCF) can be easily imported and displayed on the viewer, and resulting images can be exported in PNG or JPEG format. Currently, only Homo sapiens, Mus musculus, Rattus norvegicus, C. elegans, and Danio rerio are included, but more species will be available soon.

Google CoordinateGoogle Coordinate API: Google Coordinate is a workforce management application that lets organizations manage and keep track of their mobile workforce. The API exposes functionality such as job createion, listings, and updates. With the API, managers can communicate with their workforce, see their physical location on a map, assign jobs, report on and review all jobs. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

JM Data MovieAppJM Data MovieApp API: JM Data Services specializes in products for retailers of rental movies and maintains a large database of movie information. It also provides the MovieApp API, which allows users to search for movies, retrieve information about them, check their availability at specific stores, and even reserve movies online. The API provides other functions as well, such as allowing users to maintain a list of favorite movies or find nearby stores.

Khan AcademyKhan Academy API: Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization that provides a free, online education to anyone, anywhere. The site contains over 3,200 online videos covering subjects from finance and physics to math and art. The API gives developers access to nearly all of the data stored on the site categorized by Playlists. Within each playlist, users can discover videos or use the playlists to get information about the exercises for each. The API also returns information about badges awarded via the exercise dashboard. The API methods are split into topics, videos, exercises, badges and user data. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

RouteSMSRouteSMS API: RouteSms is a mobile messaging and bulk SMS solutions provider. They offer solutions such as SMS hubs, enterprise level messaging, bulk SMS, reseller platform and more. The reseller system lets users manage their client/user accounts in a customized and branded setting. The API lets resellers send bulk SMS messages. It uses HTTP calls and responses are formatted in XML.

Seismic Data PortalSeismic Data Portal API: The service aggregates publicly available data about earthquake events, including seismic waveforms, wave velocities, and arrival times at specified locations. The Seismolink web service provides information about seismic sensing networks and available resources for detecting and tracking events. Data are available in the specialized QuakeML format.

API methods support retrieval of reports on seismic events, including search for specific events, lists of recent events, and details about each one such as location and magnitude. Methods also provide information about seismic waveforms detected, the velocity of their movement, and projected arrival times at specified locations. The API also supports identification of data providers within the Seismolink network.

Smart-IP Geo-IPSmart-IP Geo-IP API: Smart-IP.net is a service that offers a suite of online network tools that lets users perform tasks such as IP lookup, WHOIS queries, spam check, email analysis and more. The API provides an interface to the IP lookup service allowing users to determine the geographical location of an IP-address or host with precision up to the city level. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML and JSON.

StesCodes Friends InviterStesCodes Friends Inviter API: StesCodes is a web solution provider. As part of their portfolio of services, StesCodes offers several APIs. The StesCodes Friends Inviter gives users the ability to send invitations to their friends across social networks including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Users simply have to select their friends without having to manage their contacts.

TerapeakTerapeak API: Terapeak is an eCommerce service that provides data and insights on eBay pricing and sales. With Terapeak's data, users can price their items based on sales and data in an effort to maximize eBay and eCommerce sales.

The Terapeak API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality and data of Terapeak with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include retrieving seller information, retrieving price information, and retrieving sales data.

VK AdsVK Ads API: VK is a popular European social networking website. The VK Ads API allows users to advertise through the site. Users can create, alter, or retrieve information on campaigns, ads, and relevant statistics. The API also enables the management of information on advertising agencies and their clients, as well as the performance of administration tasks. The VK Ads API is still in Beta testing mode, but is functional nonetheless.

VK MerchantVK Merchant API: VK is a popular European social networking website. The VK Merchant API it offers provides a means of connecting applications and external internet stores to the VK payment system. This allows buyers to pay for items and services in an internet store from their personal VK account. One unique feature of the VK payment system is that it allows users to chip in together on purchases with their friends.

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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