After three years of work, Rustici Software and partners are happy to announce that the Tin Can API version 1.0 will officially launch April 26, 2013. Tin Can constitutes an "experience API" that enables data collection from a wide range of sources. The API collects data from human interactions with each other, technology, and groups and can standalone or integrate with a learning management system (LMS).
Scientific journals are providing greater access to published research by releasing new APIs. Cambridge Journals Online API and Public Library of Science Article Level Metrics API have both been released in the past several weeks. Meanwhile, the European Commission has just completed a public consultation on open access to research data ahead of a new wave of policy reform and their next big research funding round.
Open APIs are being adopted by a wide range of industries, even those outside the Internet sector. Most recently the pharmaceutical industry is realizing the benefits of APIs in sharing information around drug research. Thomson Reuters now provides the Thomson Reuters Pharma API for investigational drugs data. The service provides access the company's comprehensive source of global pharmaceutical intelligence on drugs.