Today in APIs: Twilio Expands Messaging to Europe, and 22 New APIs

Greg Bates
Oct. 21 2013, 02:00PM EDT

Twilio Messaging Now in Europe. Plus: GOTO Berlin outlines DO's and DON'Ts in Web API, as well as how to build and run a public API, and 22 new APIs.

Twilio SMS on Local and Mobile Numbers Hits 7 European Countries

Twilio is expanding its messaging to seven European countries: UK (landline and mobile), Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland and Spain (landline).

According to the Twilio blog post, you can now use local numbers with exchanges that match your customers':

"Starting today, International-enabled SMS on mobile and local numbers is available in private beta for seven European countries: UK, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland, Belgium and Spain. This means you can now send and receive SMS on these numbers to anywhere in the world, and with local mobile numbers give your users a much better messaging experience. Pricing is just $0.0075 per inbound message. To learn more about availability, pricing, and to sign up for this numbers beta visit here."

Cost is just $0.0075 per inbound message.

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22 New APIs

Today we had 22 new APIs added to our API directory including an issuer identification number (iin) database, a u.s. economic statistics service, an online file management platform, a danish broadcasting company program info service and an energy consumption data service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

binlist.netbinlist.net API: binlist.net provides public access to a database of IIN/BIN information. Issuer Identification Numbers (IINs), formerly called Bank Identification Numbers (BINs), are composed of the first six digits of a credit card number. An IIN can be used to identify a card's brand, type, category, country of origin, and issuing bank or institution. Users can query the binlist.net database to retrieve this information via REST API.

Bureau of Economic AnalysisBureau of Economic Analysis API: The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce dedicated to promoting a better understanding of the national economy by providing value-added economic accounts data.
BEA provides programmatic access to published economic statistics. Supported methods include retrieving a subset of statistical data and the metadata that describes it.

CometdocsCometdocs API: From humble beginnings as an online file conversion system, Cometdocs has evolved into comprehensive online management system offering services such as document sharing, transfers, and storage. The Cometdocs API provides programmatic access to the platform’s backend tools. Most functionalities are available free to registered users. Premium quality file conversions are available for a fee.

DR NUDR NU API: DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation) is a Danish media company that provides television, radio, and online media services. Its website provides access to program information and streaming episodes. DR also provides the DR NU API - "nu" being the Danish word for "now." This makes public REST methods available for retrieving programs, program information, videos, lists of videos, and more. The API also provides a search function. The DR website is provided primarily in Danish, but the API documentation is given in English.

EnergimolnetEnergimolnet API: Energimolnet provides a low cost solution for receiving electricity data and is designed to simplify access to energy consumption data throughout the nordic region. The Energimolnet API allows businesses and individual developers to enable automatic and reliable access to energy data. All methods in the API work via HTTP GET requests and all responses are in JSON format. A developer account and API key are required.

FantasyData NFLFantasyData NFL API: FantasyData.com provides NFL statistical data for fantasy football professionals, developers, and fans. Products include web services, historical team and fantasy database downloads, and a RESTful API.

The FantasyData NFL API provides developer access to NFL data including live scores, season information, team stats, and box scores. The API is delivered over the Apiphany platform and is offered at four subscription levels, depending on data needs.

FixidoFixido API: Fixido is an online marketplace for buying and selling sales related information, or "leads." Sales leads are provided to Fixido systems by lead sellers and lead buyers can buy them in the Fixido marketplace. Fixido manages the information and the handling of the transaction. The marketplace includes global leads from a myriad of industries.

Fixido provides a RESTful API for the import and export of leads and ordering. Responses are provided in JSON or JSONP. An API key is required.

ICanBuyICanBuy API: ICanBuy provides mortgage rate information collected by Informa Research Services. Users can search for rates by location, type of home, credit rating, and more. ICanBuy is useful both to people looking to buy a home and people looking to refinance. The advertised rates on ICanBuy are submitted by the lenders and brokers, and the actual rates may vary from the projected quote on the site.

Iowa Sex Offender RegistryIowa Sex Offender Registry API: Iowa makes its Sex Offender Registry available online so that members of the public can better protect themselves from sex offenders. Users can search the registry for offenders by name, gender, city, county, state, age, height, weight, Most Wanted status, location, and profile update date. This information is made available programmatically via REST API. A JavaScript version of the API is currently in beta.

LuminosoLuminoso API: Luminoso is a text analytics service that provides actionable business intelligence by combining a unique approach to textual understanding with a comprehensive commonsense knowledge base. Luminoso enables you to know what people saying about your company and product, directly and indirectly, through hints, allusions, and metaphors.

Luminoso brings linguistic inputs into any species of numerical algorithm through a RESTful API. API methods include Accounts, User, Projects and Supported languages. Responses are formatted in JSON and an API key is required.

MnmlRdrMnmlRdr API: MnmlRdr is a feed reading service designed to minimize clutter and increase readability. It is accessible from any kind of device that features a modern web browser - no installation required. One added feature is that users can bookmark their favorite stories and mark unread stories for later reading. Users can interact with MnmlRdr programmatically via REST API.

NationBuilder Election CenterNationBuilder Election Center API: NationBuilder is an open platform for users to create online communities centered around issues relevant to them. Users can create community organization websites, access a people database, and use communication tools such as email, text messaging and social media.

The NationBuilder Election Center API uses REST calls and returns JSON. The service offers access to a database of voter data, political and geographic regions, and other campaign information. This data can be integrated into third party applications to facilitate the design of campaign centered applications.

PredictionIOPredictionIO API: PredictionIO is an open-source machine learning server. PredictionIO allows software and application publishers and developers to add automatic, predictive features to their products, such as recommendations, content discovery, and personalization for users.

The PredictionIO API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of PredictionIO with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include creating and managing users and user records, retrieving items and content, and creating and managing recommendations based on the user.

ScribblePicsScribblePics API: ScribblePics is a service that lets users create postcards from their photos. The postcards are printed using professional digital printers in Australia, the UK, and and the US. ScribblePics is commonly used by travel services to allow their customers to send custom postcards featuring their vacation photos. Developers can integrate the ability to create postcards into their applications using the ScribblePics API.

ScriveScrive API: Scrive is an online service for the e-signing of contracts, tenders, and other documents. The service allows users to upload documents, sign them, and send them along to contractees to be signed digitally. The electronic document is then saved and archived.

Scrive offers a RESTful API for programmatic access to the Scrive service. API actions include requesting authorization to create and send documents on behalf of a Scrive user and Creating, sending and checking state of documents on behalf of a Scrive user. The API uses OAuth version 1.0.

SegPaySegPay API: SegPay is a billing platform for handling credit cards, checks, and European direct debit authorizations. The platform comes with marketing tools, sales reporting, automated password management, and an online web interface. It can provide payment portals in multiple languages and accept a variety of currencies. Many of SegPay's functions are accessible programmatically via SOAP calls.

sendwithussendwithus API: Sendwithus creates tools that make transactional mail more effective and efficient for marketers. Services include A/B testing support and user analytics. The sendwithus API provides email templating for SendGrid, Mailgun, Mandrill, and Amazon SES. Developers write code once and let marketers update content as needed.

Smart AdServerSmart AdServer API: Smart AdServer is an all-inclusive ad server that allows users to program rich media and video campaigns and to deliver ads to mobile sites and applications. Smart AdServer allows users to gather data on their audiences to improve ad targeting. It also monitors metrics such as fill rate, average CPM (cost per thousand views), and sales in real time. Smart AdServer provides their customers with around-the-clock support.

Users can integrate with Smart AdServer via SOAP API. The Smart AdServer website is available in English and a variety of other languages. The API documentation is primarily in French.

SmartyStreetsSmartyStreets API: SmartyStreets is a service for verifying and standardizing postal addresses. SmartyStreets can be used to get address completion suggestions, perform bulk address verifications for an Excel or list file, standardize addresses in a database, etc. SmartyStreets provides the LiveAddress API, which allows developers to integrate address validation services into their site or app.

SpellodromeSpellodrome API: Spellodrome is an online education tool that helps students between the ages of 5 and 18 learn to spell. It uses games to teach students and to help them get interested in learning. Spellodrome provides weekly reports, which are emailed to parents and teachers. The SOAP-based Spellodrome API allows users to log in, retrieve the most commonly misspelled words, and retrieve a user's personal best score.

Statistical MeStatistical Me API: Statistical Me, born out of GovHack Perth 2013, is a web service exposing census data from the Australia Bureau of Statistics. The site’s front end allows users to explore the data through a randomized dice game. Statistical Me delivers structured JSON formatted data through a simple HTTP API.

VidispineVidispine API: Vidispine is a video content repository that offers a complete backbone for the creation, management, storage and processing of audio-visual content. Vidispine services enable users to create packaged solutions that meet the needs and requirements of any part of the media industry.

All functions in Vidispine are exposed via a RESTful API. Examples of API resources include items, metadata, users, storages, jobs, thumbnails and relations. API documentation is available upon signup.

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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