Today In APIs: WhyGo Conference Facilities API, Socialcam Opens API and 22 New APIs

Romin Irani
Sep. 04 2012, 11:53AM EDT

Get access to more than 3000 public video conferencing facilities via WhyGo API, Socialcam gives API access to public videos. Plus:  Speed up your API Integration, Open Source Civic Wiki Adds API to Project and 22 New APIs.

WhyGo API provides access to 3000 Public Video Conferencing Facilities

WhyGoWhyGo, which specializes in scheduling public video conferencing and telepresence facilities around the world has released an API that gives access to its inventory of more than 3000 public video conferencing facilities in 1100 locations worldwide. The API provides access to real-time inventory with instant confirmations. The API provides functionality like Get Location, which provides details about the location, maps and pictures. Other API functions include Check Availability - which will reference the calendar of the venues, Get Price - user discounts can be set and Create Conference - which makes the booking.

Socialcam opens API to developers

SocialcamSocialcam, a video sharing application, that was recently acquired by Autodesk has released an API that allows developers to access all publicly shared videos. The API is currently read only and videos can be createad/uploaded by the Socialcam application. The API allows users to sort the videos by date and geolocation. The article provides a glimpse into how the API got released to the public. The initial response to the private beta was not encouraging and it was Washington Post that created their London Eyes project during the London Olympics, where they integrated the Socialcam API and encouraged people to take videos and upload them via the Socialcam app to allow for ease of integration.

Accelerate Time to First "Hello World"

Last month we covered 6 key attributes that help your first time API users to speed up the process of integrating your API. Adam DuVander's post focused on non-technical attributes like fast automated signup, offer free trial, accurate documentation and others. A question on Quora throws up a detailed technical answer from Corneliu I. Tusnea on the same topic. Apart from lack of documentation, his answer also brings up important points like undocumented error messages, Unspecified time-zones for data-times, Missing LastUpdated or LastModified on entities and more. While the answer is dated over a year back, the points are valuable in today's context of getting your API correct.

API News You Shouldn't Miss

22 New APIs

Today we had 22 new APIs added to our API directory including a free software developer social site, a creative portfolio service, an sms application development service, a marketing campaign effectiveness service, a weblog connection path discovery service, a location-based coupon creation and delivery service, a gps tracking device communications service, a health data service amd a property inspector business management platform. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

Where Did Your Tax Dollars Go? There is an API For That

AdvogatoAdvogato API: Advogato is designed to be a community site for free software developers as well as to serve as a testing ground for the use of trust metrics for peer certification. The peer certification system allows members of the site certify each other, specifying one of three skill levels. Then, the trust metric takes the whole pile of certificates and decides a trust level for each member.

The Advogato API provides programmatic access to all of Advogato's functions, including authentication, blog manipulation, obtaining certs, and test functions.

BehanceBehance API: Behance is a website for creative professionals to share their work. Popular with photographers, artists and designers, the site allows its users to create portfolios of work and show current projects.

The Behance API makes available much of the site's content. Developers can search and browse Behance users, discovering them by name, location or keyword. Completed projects and works in progress are also searchable via the API, which uses REST with all calls returned in JSONP.

Bulletin ConnectBulletin Connect API: Bulletin.net is a developer and supplier of product and service for messaging (SMS Text, IM, MMS and email) between mobile devices and web applications. The Bulletin Connect API allows developers to integrate SMS messaging functionality into their applications so they don't have to manually send SMS Texts. The API functionality includes 2-way and threaded messages, bulk messaging and SMPP 3.4 protocol for carriers. Bulletin charges a small fee to use the application as well as SMS rates.

ClickmeterClickmeter API: The service monitors responses by recipients of marketing communications to allow evaluation and comparison of their effectiveness. It detects click events on promotional email and other online marketing resources, estimates overall traffic volume, and reports on conversion events resulting from communications. It also detects click-fraud to evaluate reliability of traffic analytics.

API methods support creating links to allow traffic monitoring, including links specifically for conversion events, specific campaigns, specific languages, and other elements of an overall marketing campaign. Methods also support retrieval of links with specific URL patterns to allow both aggregated and detailed reporting on traffic logged.

Crummy DownhillCrummy Downhill API: Downhill is an online tool for finding the shortest path between two weblogs or for finding weblogs that match a string prefix. Users can also do lookups against the weblog ecosystem data on which Downhill is based, or pick random weblogs from the dataset. The Downhill XML-RPC API allows users to access this functionality using a programmatic interface.

Fanggle Qwoosh/SpreevoFanggle Qwoosh/Spreevo API: Fanggle provides cloud applications across various industries including retail and CPG, Non Profits, Automotive, Libraries, Media and Publishing, and more. The Qwoosh/Spreevo API is a coupon application that uses mobile and social medias to provide location based contextual coupons and also combines web, and e-commerce channels to get offers to patrons quickly. Access to the API is available after joining the Licensing and Partnership program.

GinkGink API: The service logs communications between a GPS device and global positioning system satellites to allow analysis and interaction with its history of activity. An application can use the data to track movements and status of the device over time including definition of geozones within which it has reported status. Alerts can be configured based on variations from patterns of device activity accumulated.

API methods support uploading both event and status data exchanged between a a GPS device and a satellite. Methods allow either real-time access to data as it is logged or later retrieval of data accumulated over time. Data logged include most recent and historical position, events logged over time, distance traveled, etc.

HealthData.govHealthData.gov API: The HealthData.gov is a service of the U.S. government and provides data about health, medicine and related topics (including Medicaid). The HealthData API is used to provide software developers with programmatic access to the contents of the data catalog. The API can be used to find recently added datasets, to search the catalog, to download the contents of the catalog for analysis, or to build a new data catalog tool.

Inspection Support NetworkInspection Support Network API: The Inspection Support Network is a business management platform focused on commercial and residential property inspectors. The Inspection Support Network has made their API available in both SOAP and REST systems.

LogVRPLogVRP API: LogVRP is a multiple stop, multiple destination, route planner designed to make transportation logistics easier. It will calculate the cheapest route, shortest route, and plan an entire fleet to complete pickups, deliveries, and customer requests. The LogVRP API enables users to upload destinations and fleet information as well as download performance data.

MarketRulerMarketRuler API: ConversionRuler is an online advertising campaign tracking and reporting service. It can be used to track pay-per-click campaigns, email campaigns, banner advertising, affiliate/partner links, or any type of online traffic. ConversionRuler also extracts keywords automatically to see how people are reaching a site.

The MarketRuler APIs include an XML-RPC API and the JavaScript-based Action API. The XML-RPC API provides programmatic methods for gathering site and report information, as well as for report creation, status-checking, and downloading. The Action API determines a user's identification with ConversionRuler and then notifies the server outside of the user's web session that a particular action took place. This API is useful for commerce applications which perform transaction processing off site.

MetaCPANMetaCPAN API: MetaCPAN is a service to search the CPAN repository of Perl modules. Perl programmers can search MetaCPAN by keyword, module author or category. The MetaCPAN service is also made available via API (and yes, there's a CPAN module to access MetaCPAN).

Developers can search the MetaCPAN API by six different fields: author, distribution, favorite, file, rating and release. There is also an advanced feature to join across multiple search types.

The API is RESTful, with data returned as JSON or JSONP with a callback.

NetDNANetDNA API: NetDNA provides a high-end SSL that provides online security without sacrificing performance. The NetDNA API is an XML-RPC based programming interface for many of the most requested functions found in the NetDNA Control Panel. The API includes functions to create, modify, and delete zones as well as prime and purge cache files. It can also list and update users, and create all of the various reports.

OfficeshotsOfficeshots API: Officeshots is an online service where professionals can compare the outputs of different office suites for their own documents. A document may look nice on screen while being manipulated in its native application, but if the exchange formats are not implemented correctly, it might look like a sloppy mess to the person receiving it. Officeshots helps prevent this by comparing the outputs and other behavior of a wide variety of applications. The Officeshots API makes these functions available programmatically using XML-RPC calls.

ReLinkReLink API: Relink allows users to collect, manage, and publish the content they have on the web. The service includes a URL shortener and access to Web Containers. The API contains tools to encrypt, check the status or uploads, container linking, bank checks, merge relinks, and other services. The service uses REST calls.

SalesBinder InventorySalesBinder Inventory API: SalesBinder is a cloud-based inventory management platform, empowering businesses of all sizes to improve data organization for inventory, customers, sales leads, estimates, and invoices. The SalesBinder API provides a RESTful interface for customers looking integrate their applications with the SalesBinder inventory management features.

syncrhonize.tvsyncrhonize.tv API: The service provides capabilities to share information about video programs playing on a display to other devices and system management resources. It aims to allow coordination among devices by indicating exactly what program is playing and how much has elapsed from the beginning on any specific TV or video display. Applications can then coordinate or offset displays on other devices. Another service provides keyword content analysis of television programming that plays on a device.

API methods support submitting the UUID (universally unique identifier) for a set top box (STB) or connected TV to retrieve the program identifier and offset in seconds from the beginning for the show playing on the device. Methods for the content analysis API include retrieval of words contained within a television program playing on a specific display.

Tango CardTango Card API: Tango Card provides digital gift cards to major stores, both online and physical. Tango Card allows the recipient to use their value exactly how they want – they can select a premier gift card, they can divide their value among Brands, they can use some today and save the rest for another day. They can also donate to a non-profit organization. Tango Card value can be used via the web or from almost any mobile device.

The Tango Card API provides SDK wrappers to quickly incorporate gift cards into your reward, loyalty, and engagement applications.

TaskJunctionTaskJunction API: The service provides online tools for project management and tracking of activities. It aims to provide core functions familiar from commercial project management tools through an online toolbox for managing task and event data. Tools include task creation with start date, end date, duration, dependencies, and assignments to project team members. Tools include reporting and charting through both web and mobile interfaces (limited to the Android OS).

API methods support creating, listing, and updating projects and tasks within projects. Methods for managing tasks include monitoring and updating status, setting task priorities, and assigning tasks to project team members.

The CancerThe Cancer API: The Cancer API (CANAPI) was designed to make it it easier to collect, follow, and share emerging innovations in the research field as well as all other available information. The service collects information from institutions, businesses, individuals, and aggregates it to be used in a standard format. The data can be accessed and republished or used in mashups as needed. The API is currently in private Alpha.

TillifyTillify API: Tillify is a web based point of sale cash register. Merchants can use the service to access cash or credit card payments without needing their own backend systems.

The Tillify API is currently in private beta and allows 3rd party developers to access and lookup up customers at the point of sale, accept payment, store digital receipts and return consumer purchasing metrics.

WhatWePayForWhatWePayFor API: WhatWePayFor is an online database that aims to makes information on the federal budget transparent. The DataVizChallenge is the portion of the site that provides access to the API, and challenges users to create unique interfaces through which to visualize the budget data. The Service is available using REST calls, and returns XML. Calls include retrieving budget data, aggregating data, getting population data, GDP, Debt, TaxRates, and other information.

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