The USA Today Ruby library can access the Census API data with an API key. Features of this API include ethnicity, housing, population, and race from the 2000 and 2010 US census. USA Today API displays results of news articles since 2004 in XML and JSON formats. This wrapper can be found on the official USA Today site, and it was authored by author Derek Willis on GitHub.
The API Ratings agency aimed at instilling greater trust amongst businesses entering the API economy is set to be unveiled early in 2014. Co-founder Jonathan Bourguignon presented at APIdays Paris last week to discuss the need for the crowdsourced service and told ProgrammableWeb more about the roadmap to launch.
APIs tend to go wherever the data is, so with more data than ever showing up in Hadoop, it stands to reason that APIs would soon follow. At the Strata Conference and Hadoop World 2013 event today, Cloudera announced a Cloudera Connect: Innovators program under which developers are invited to build applications that invoke an API that Cloudera in partnership with DataBricks has created for its distribution of Hadoop.