Today in APIs: @Pay Two-Click API, Cabforce API, and 23 New APIs

Kevin Sundstrom, Managing Editor, ProgrammableWeb
May. 03 2013, 11:00AM EDT

@Pay announced the release of their first open API. The Cabforce API is ready to help with European transportation booking. Plus: Mozilla launches Firefox OS Simulator 3.0 and 23 New APIs.

@Pay Released Two-Click Payment API

@Pay is a payment processing company that specializes in simplified web and email checkout. Founded in 2010 by CEO John Killoran, @Pay was originally intended to encourage generosity. The premise being that, “the easier it is for people to be generous, the more generous they’ll be.” Since then the platform has evolved into a sophisticated two-click purchasing process. The company provides the @Pay Two-Click API, allowing developers integration possibilities. Check out the API documentation and quick-start guides for help getting started.

Taxi Booking Via the Cabforce API

One of the newest APIs added to the ProgrammableWeb API directory is the Cabforce API. Cabforce allows users to make transportation arrangements for all major European travel destinations. The companies goal is to:

“enable distribution of high quality and reliable pre-booked airport transfers and any other taxi rides within travel industry.”

The API documentation for this service is made available upon request.

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23 New APIs

Today we had 23 new APIs added to our API directory including an add message screens within apps service, a minor celestial body information database, a biotechnology in the public interest service, a taxi booking and payment service and a price tracking tool. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

AddNagAddNag API: AddNag provides a platform for displaying and sharing content in mobile applications. Developers can create "nags", simple pages that appear upon opening an app that can be used to convey reminders, special offers, tutorials, etc. AddNag's functions are available for integration via API. Further documentation can be accessed by logging in to the AddNag website.

Asterank Minor Planet CenterAsterank Minor Planet Center API: The International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center (MPC) is responsible for the designation of minor bodies found within our solar system. This includes minor planets, comets, and natural satellites. The MPC is also responsible for collecting, computing, checking, and disseminating astrometric observations and orbital information for those minor bodies.

The Asterank MPC API enables users to apply constraints to the more than 600,000 asteroids documented in the MPC's MPCORB.DAT files. Because the Asterank database runs on MongoDB, queries must use Mongo's JSON format. Information in the Asterank MPC database is updated nightly.

BioBricks Public AgreementBioBricks Public Agreement API: The BioBricks Foundation is a public-benefit organization created to ensure that synthetic biology is conducted ethically and transparently, for the benefit of all people and the planet. The BioBrick Public Agreement is a free legal tool allowing institutions, individuals, and companies to make their standardized biological parts freely available.
The BioBrick Public Agreement API provides developer access to the resources within the Public Agreement database. The RESTful API currently supports only GET calls over HTTPS and returns XML formatted data. Other methods and JSON formatted data are planned for future development.

CabforceCabforce API: Cabforce allows users to search for and book taxi rides and airport transfers online. They provide services for all major European travel destinations and are currently expanding into the U.S., Asia, and Australia. Cabforce works with certified service providers who operate clean, non-smoking cars and are guaranteed to arrive on-time. Bookings are always confirmed, and Cabforce provides 24/7 customer service in English.

Cabforce customers pay an all-inclusive flat rate online via credit card, eliminating the issues of overpriced fares and unfamiliar currencies. Cabforce's services can be accessed directly on the website or programmatically via API. Documentation for the API is available upon request.

CamelCamel API: The Camel API is a price tracking tool from Cosmic Shovel supporting programmatic management of price watches on popular shopping sites. In addition to Amazon, the tool can track Backcountry, Best Buy, Newegg, and zZounds prices. The Camel API supports POST/GET calls over HTTPS and uses HTTP basic access authentication. JSON and XML formatted responses are supported.

Code.org Local School DatabaseCode.org Local School Database API: Code.org is a non-profit foundation dedicated to spreading computer programming education. On their website, they provide the Local School Search, which allows users to locate schools near a given location that offer programming courses. The database powering this service is accessible programmatically via JSON so that third parties can integrate it into their own applications. Public contact information is listed, but not private contact information.

Collins DictionaryCollins Dictionary API: Collins is a publisher of dictionaries and other reference works. The Collins Dictionary API provides developer access to the features and content of collinsdictionary.com. Exposed resources include definitions, synonyms, pronunciations, translations, new words, and word games. Data is JSON formatted.

CORECORE API: CORE (COnnecting REpositories) facilitates free access to scholarly articles aggregated from Open Access repositories. Additionally, CORE harvests, enriches, and makes accessible metadata and full-text PDF content from many repositories.
The CORE API provides developer access to this metadata and text. The API is accessed via HTTP GET and POST calls, requires an API Key, and returns XML or JSON formatted responses.

Edicy SiteEdicy Site API: Edicy is a cloud-based service for building and hosting multilingual websites and managing their content. It is optimized for both desktop and mobile viewing, provides built-in SEO, and comes with customizable themes.

The Edicy Site API allows users to access public Edicy site contents through a JSON-based API. This API is read-only and can be used to retrieve articles, comments, and other page elements.

eLifeeLife API: The eLife journal seeks to improve access to new research and discoveries in the fields of life sciences and biomedicine. It provides researchers with a publishing option that's designed to be publicly available and widely disseminated. To aid in dissemination, eLife makes its content available via REST API as well as through RSS and OAI end points. Content can also be accessed through a number of external endpoints that are not managed by eLife.

FtseeFtsee API: Ftsee is a service that tracks detailed information about securities that includes their products, competitors, and suppliers. Each security has its own message stream full of information that users can view, favorite, and share. Ftsee users can follow as many securities as they like through the service.

The Ftsee API can be used to retrieve low-level data and get alerts when there is unusual activity surrounding a security. It also provides real-time social analytics that include sentiment, volume, and trends for major securities and foreign exchange rates.

Load ImpactLoad Impact API: Load Impact provides load testing and reporting to e-commerce and B2B sites. The Load Impact API provides developers with programmatic management of features such as data stores, load zone information, tests, and user scenarios. The API supports HTTP calls, returns JSON formatted data, and requires an API Key.

MacMillan DictionaryMacMillan Dictionary API: Macmillan is a reference work publisher whose primary products include encyclopedias and dictionaries. The Macmillan Dictionary API provides developer access to Macmillan’s online dictionary, exposing resources such as definitions, pronunciations, grammar, synonyms, and more.

MangoPayMangoPay API: MangoPay is a full-stack payment platform for accepting online payments and managing e-money. It gives users the ability to create e-wallets, transfer money between e-wallets, allow group payments, hold escrow funds, and collect fees in a variety of ways. MangoPay provides advanced payment features such as recurring payments, single-click payments, and refunds on cards. The platform accepts payments from more than 150 countries in the local currencies. MangoPay's functions can be accessed programmatically via REST API.

Municipal DataWorksMunicipal DataWorks API: Municipal DataWorks (MDW) is an asset management solution designed to assist municipalities in maintaining and managing their tangible capital assets. MDW stores data on the attributes and condition of an asset, tracks repairs, and converts data into information that policy-makers can use to estimate the level of investment required to maintain infrastructure.

MDW is based on the Municipal Infrastructure Data Standard (MIDS). Combined with MDW’s non-proprietary database, it allows users to take ownership of their data and make it available for integration with third party software applications. Integration is accomplished using a SOAP API, which allows users to retrieve information from MDW, save information to MDW, perform remote electronic data collection, and more.

PlagtrackerPlagtracker API: Plagtracker is a free service for determining whether a given text is original or plagiarized. Users can upload their papers to the site, and Plagtracker will scan them for plagiarism and return a report on its findings. Plagtracker’s API enables webmasters and developers to analyze texts and URLs for originality and to see whether they've been duplicated elsewhere online.

QuandlQuandl API: Quandl is a portal to numerical data (especially time-series data) that is stored on the internet. It allows users to search over 5,000,000 financial, economic, and social datasets. Once found, data can be downloaded, visualized, saved, shared, authenticated, validated, uploaded, indexed, merged, and transformed. Every dataset on Quandl is available through its REST API, regardless of where, how, or in what format the data was originally published.

Skimap.orgSkimap.org API: Skimap.org is an online database of ski area maps. The database includes maps from resorts worldwide, as well as historical maps. The Skimap.org API provides developer access to the websites resources, including region data, ski area data, and map files. The RESTful API returns XML or JSON formatted responses.

StyfeeStyfee API: Styfee is a webservice that provides internalization and localization (i18n/L10n) services. So far, this includes reference services for languages, currencies, timezones, countries, and date and measurement conversions. This information can be retrieved programmatically via REST calls. Styfee has no interest in working with exchange rates for the time being.

ThinkeryThinkery API: Thinkery is a fast, lightweight tool for storing notes, bookmarks, todos, and other such items. Notes are organized using hashtags, which can be color-coded to group them or make them stand out. Items can be retrieved using an as-you-type search. All notes, bookmarks, and other bits of information stored with Thinkery are private unless the user chooses make them public. Thinkery is accessible directly online, using mobile applications, or via REST API.

Voice RSSVoice RSS API: Voice RSS makes Text-To-Speech (TTS) capabilities available online for free. It does this using a RESTful API, which allows developers to integrate TTS functions into their applications. Voice RSS accepts text in any of 26 languages and returns a high quality audio stream in a human-sounding voice. A live demo is provided to give potential users a preview of the API's capabilities

WhatsOnMyBookshelfWhatsOnMyBookshelf API: WhatsOnMyBookshelf is a web-based book trading community. Users list the books they own and can trade with other users to read and discover new books as well as earn points which can be accumulated earn more books. The WhatsOnMyBookshelf API allows users to authenticate users, get user information, register users, and register books by ISBN number. The API has SOAP and REST versions depending on what type of calls are being made.

xmlstatsxmlstats API: Xmlstats is a straightforward API for obtaining MLB (Major League Baseball) and NBA (National Basketball Association) statistics in either XML or JSON format. Using the RESTful API, users can retrieve a list of events for a given date, the current standings table, the box score for a game, and each team's results for the current season for both the MLB and NBA.

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