APIs of the Week: Staff Picks Naveen Selvadurai API, US Government Data and Video Interviewing

This week we had 42 new APIs added to our directory and our staff picked their favorites. Among them include Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai's personal API, a market research application, access to US foreign policy records and a video interviewing API. Read below for more information on each.


"api.Naveen struck me as a really interesting API concept. The creator refers to it as a 'Personal API' and provides real-time REST access to his personal device data. The data, which includes his Nike Fuel band, Jawbone, Fitbit, and other devices, is available for users to view, track, or do whatever they would like with. I haven't seen anything quite like it before." - Charlie

More at our Naveen API profile.

U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian Ebook Catalog

"The U.S. Office of the Historian recently made the contents of the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) catalog accessible via API. FRUS is a fascinating collection of documents that tell the story of the country’s foreign policy decisions and diplomatic activity. Comprised of 450 volumes dating to 1861, this RESTful API provides developer access to documents from Presidential libraries, Departments of State and Defense, Central Intelligence Agency, as well as many other agencies and private collections." - Patrick

More at our US Department of State Office of the Historian eBook Catalog profile.


"Datafield is a survey-making API that goes above and beyond a simple text-only response format to include pictures, signatures, and the respondent's GPS location as possible collectible data. This opens up all kinds of possibilities in areas like marketing data collection, troubleshooting, and even photo contests. I've already thought of at least a dozen uses for these special features, and I'm sure that others will come up with many more!" - Rhea

More at our Datafield profile.


"Wowzer is a new application for video interviewing. As Skype and other VoIP interviews become more common, it is interesting to see dedicated services for video interviewing emerge. Not only is Wowzer a pretty cool application, but they have opened up their API for integrations. They also describe their API as 'REST-ish,' adding HATEOAS, or Hypertext As The Engine of Application State - meaing to traverse the application, links which signal the resources' relationships must be followed." - Melody

More at our Wowzer profile.

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