Today in APIs: Plaid API Aims to Make Payment Data Comprehensible, and 9 New APIs

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

The big idea behind the Plaid API. The Disrupt NY 14 hackathon tickets are gone within hours, more coming. Plus: APIs Fuel Growth in Service Delivery Platform Spending, Triptelligent launches API for cruise-to-shore visits, and 9 new APIs.

Plaid Aims to Raise Transaction Data Quality with New API

Plaid offers 3rd parties better data on what consumers are doing with their money. The Plaid REST API has libraries in Ruby, Python, and Java coming shortly. Responses are in JSON. Plaid is currently in private beta, but everything begins at the sign up page where you can get on a notification list for when the API is open to developers.

As Russ Jones from Glenbrook Partners writing in PaymentsViews explains,

The basic model is the same as Yodlee’s in that third party app developers utilize the Plaid API to access statement data once the consumer provides the app with permission and login credentials to access their account. But instead of simply raw statement data, Plaid returns a “cleaned up” merchant name, a hierarchical category mapping, and assorted meta data about the merchant.

In other words, the Plaid API gives high-quality data from a merchant name to geocode data, dollar value, and more.

Techcrunch's NY Hackathon May 3-4 Sells Out in Hours, But...

Hours after posting the tickets (free for developers) online via Eventbrite, Techcrunch's Disrupt NY event has sold out. However, more tickets are promised in the coming weeks.

As Matt Burns writes in Techcrunch,

There are many ways for companies to partner with the Hackathon. At Disrupt NY, we’ve had sponsored API platforms for hackers to develop on, as well as several contests, with companies offering cash and in-kind prizes. To learn how you can provide support for the developer community, please contact sponsors@techcrunch.com.

Keep an eye here for the next batch of tickets to be made available.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

9 New APIs

Today we had 9 new APIs added to our API directory including a bitcoin transaction block information service, a text analysis service, a server log monitoring service, a historical currency converter tool and a real time currency converter. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

Blockr.ioBlockr.io API: Blockr.io is a site that allows users to browse Bitcoin transaction blocks and view individual transactions and the addresses to which they occurred. The site also offers information on the addresses with the most Bitcoins, the addresses with the most transactions, and other trivia. Blockr.io provides APIs that enable users to retrieve information on coins, blocks, transactions, and addresses.

CilenisCilenis API: Cilenis is a language analysis service that helps users to analyze and extract information of texts. The Cilensis API allows users to integrate language technology into a users software using a cloud solution. The API uses REST calls and an account is required with service. The API is currently in a public beta.

Scalyr LogsScalyr Logs API: Scalyr Logs is a real-time, cloud-hosted server log monitoring service. It brings all of the user's event logs together in one place and then structures and parses their data for searching and analysis. Users can create custom dashboards to monitor for security and performance issues in real time. The Scalyr Logs API allows users to communicate directly with Scalyr's servers in order to send and receive log data.

Xignite Convert Historical ValueXignite Convert Historical Value API: Forex API-Convert Historical Value from xignite converts an amount from one currency to another using the rate as of a specified historical date. Fixing time can be provided for rates that go back to 1/4/2010. Historical rates prior to 1/4/2010 are London midnight rates.

The API uptime is at least 99.9% and the data is updated in true real-time as new quotes are issued from market participants. Data is returned in XML, JSON, or CSV formats.

Xignite Convert Real Time ValueXignite Convert Real Time Value API: Forex API-Convert Real Time Value from xignite converts an amount from one currency to another using the real-time rate. If the real-time rate is not available for a currency pair (e.g. on a weekend), then the most recent available rate is used. Over 29,000 historical and real-time currency pairs are covered.

The API uptime is at least 99.9% and the data is updated in true real-time as new quotes are issued from market participants. Data is returned in XML, JSON, or CSV format.

Xignite Get Real Time RateXignite Get Real Time Rate API: Forex API-Get Real Time Rate from xignite returns a real time spot rate for a requested currency pair. Calculated rates are returned for currency pairs for which spot rate data is not available. Over 29,000 historical and real-time currency pairs are covered.

The API uptime is at least 99.9% and the data is updated in true real-time as new quotes are issued from market participants. Data is returned in XML, JSON, or CSV format.

Xignite Get Real Time Rate TableXignite Get Real Time Rate Table API: Forex API-Get Real Time Rate Table from xignite returns rates for multiple currency pairs in a matrix structure. Over 29,000 historical and real-time currency pairs are covered.

The API uptime is at least 99.9% and the data is updated in true real-time as new quotes are issued from market participants. Data is returned in XML, JSON, or CSV format.

Xignite Initial Public Offering Calendar & Performance DataXignite Initial Public Offering Calendar & Performance Data API: Initial Public Offering Calendar & Performance Data API from xignite offers initial public offering (IPO) data, including IPO pipeline, IPO calendar, IPO schedule and performance data for U.S stocks. The API provides comprehensive coverage of IPOs listed on NASDAQ, NYSE, BATS Exchange and OTCBB market.

Xignite List CurrenciesXignite List Currencies API: Forex API-List Currencies from xignite returns currencies for which spot and historical data is available. Over 29,000 historical and real-time currency pairs are covered.

The API uptime is at least 99.9% and the data is updated in true real-time as new quotes are issued from market participants. Data is returned in XML, JSON, or CSV format.

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