April 25, 2011
Single purpose API
Are you part of a beer community and like to get information on various breweries in and around your neighbourhood and their beers? If yes, the Brewery DB is a great project that aims to build an open database of breweries and beers. You can contribute your data along with other beer afficinados but if you are a developer, you have access to all of this information via its Brewery DB API.
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.
Here at ProgrammableWeb, we love using mashups and APIs to help make our lives better in many ways. Just as mashups can take multiple APIs and piece something new together, you can do that with multiple mashups. For example, let's say we're going to host a party. Well, we'd need music, food, other entertainment and a way to connect people together. The mashups listed below can help you with all of this.