We saw earlier this year that the Government category was one of the most popular API categories within our directory. But what sections of government and what kinds of data are being made available via API? In this article we look at the ten most popular categories related to government APIs.
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Article 50 is set to be triggered today starting the official process of Brexit. It will be two years before the UK leaves but the impact of the vote is already being felt. UK tech companies are struggling to retain and attract developer talent and fintech companies may find themselves vulnerable.
New tools and accessibility options have been added to the Opendatacommunities API to extend ease-of-access to the UK Government’s five-star dataset managed by the Department for Communities and Local Governments. Datasets include neighborhood-level analysis of housing and homelessness, quality of life indicators, and wellbeing measures. A showcase of visualizations and interactive dashboards has been created to demonstrate how developers, data analysts and local communities can use the open datasets to better understand the interplay of economic and lifestyle factors on specific neighborhoods across the UK.
How Are You? Is a UK-based application that provides a free service for NHS patients and NHS healthcare professionals, enabling them to create personal online health records that can be easily managed and shared where necessary. This kind of application has the potential to greatly enhance and improve the future of eHealth, and by providing the How Are You API, the service makes it possible for its handy functionality to be accessed and integrated with other applications.
Online business is booming, and with that comes the need for easy and safe payment processing. PayPoint is a UK based company that offers a variety of safe and secure payment solutions to any business of any size. The company's selling point is that they have 15 years of experience in this sector and they pride themselves on constantly working to make online payments even simpler and more efficient. The PayPoint API makes this tried and tested functionality accessible to be integrated with other applications.
Our API directory now includes 152 UK APIs. The newest is the Service-X API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the BBC API. We list 28 BBC mashups. Below you'll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of UK APIs.
The number of “as a Service” types continues to grow and we are even seeing services that help you build your own service. PublishMyData falls into this category as it offers Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) which enables you to offer your Data as a Service (DaaS) and it supports linked data.
When we search for information on a map we tend to be searching to find where something is now. But, what if you wanted to find out where something used to be? What businesses used to be located at a particular address? Where did somebody used to live? Where did all the blacksmiths used to hang out? If you are interested in find out that information there's now a solution: AddressingHistory. AddressingHistory is a recently launched web app and API that provides access to historical data consisting of digitised Scottish post office directories combined with maps from the same time period.
Cycling in the UK is not only a popular past time but and also a real commuting choice. The UK has numerous defined cycle routes and many towns and cities have designated cycling lanes and more recently London introduced a cycling scheme fondly referred to as Boris' Bikes after the current Mayor of London. Since more and more people are using a bicycle as a preferred method of transport, and with cyclists having a different selection of routes, on top of the ordinary street network, than alternative transportation methods, it makes sense for there to be a need for a bicycle journey planning web application and API.
The company that launched the world's first grocery API now has a new mobile app, built upon its own platform. Anyone with a Tesco account and a Nokia phone can now add rhubarb and salad to their virtual cart while out and about. Like the API itself, the app gives us a glimpse of how we might all shop in the future, even if the future is just next year.