Daily API RoundUp: Minor Planet Center, World Airports, Ryft, Sage One, Motion Shadow

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples. If you have new APIs, clients, or Source Code examples to add to ProgrammableWeb’s directories, we offer forms (APIs, Clients, Source Code) for submitting them to our API research team. If there’s a listing in one of our directories that you’d like to claim as the owner, please contact us at editor@programmableweb.com.

Six APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Astronomy, Big Data, Air Travel and Logistics. Also new to the directory are SDKs including one for Motion Shadow human body motion capture system. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.


Minor Planet Center maintains a database of minor planets, comets and outer irregular natural satellites of the major planets. The Minor Planet Center API allows developers to access the database. The MPC database includes information such as object name, size, type, observational data, and orbital calculations. This API is listed under the Astronomy category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Astronomy APIs.

Get near earth object data from Minor Planet Center API
Access data about comets and near earth objects with the Minor Planet Center API / image: Minor Planet Center

The World Airports API offers tools for travel related searching. With this API, users can find a list of airports matching the search string with Airport Name, Code, or Location. The World Airports API is listed under the Air Travel category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Air Travel APIs.

Ryft is a provider of big data analytics solutions. The Ryft API is available as a free trial for data analysis and real time intelligence purposes. We've listed this API under the Big Data category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Big Data APIs.

Ryft API
Integrate Ryft into existing big data environments for faster data analysis and real time intelligence capabilities. / image: Ryft

The Ubiquity Hosting API allows programmatic access to Ubiquity hosting platforms for business purposes. API methods include verifying users, adding license, billing, listing clients and more. ThIS API is listed under the Hosting category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Hosting APIs.

PNPLINE is a 3PL (Third-Party Logistics) firm that manages fulfillment, shipping and warehousing from big box stores such as Amazon and eBay. The PNPLINE Web API allows developers to submit and retrieve shipment information. The PNPLINE API is listed under the Logistics category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Logistics APIs.

Sage One provides secure accounting, bookkeeping, and payroll software for small businesses. Sage One API allows developers to integrate accounting services into applications. The Sage One API is listed under the Accounting category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Accounting APIs.

Frameworks, Libraries, and SDKs

Twython from developer Ryan McGrath is a Python SDK that provides to access to Twitter data.

With SharedCount, users enter a URL to track shares, likes, pins, and more, over a variety of common social services. The SharedCount API provides developer access to statistics through simple HTTP calls using JSON format. The SharedCount Python SDK by developer Benjamin Estes interacts with the API, in Python. The SharedCount Ruby SDK, by Cristian Rasch, is also available for Ruby developers.


Motion Shadow API allows programmatic access of embedded sensors in wearable flexible fabric that is used to digitally capture motion. Documentation is provided for motion interface, Wi-fi connection, and working with a 3d viewer that displays graphics in real-time. The Motion JavaScript SDK provides real-time access to the orientation outputs, accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer sensor signals of the Motion Service. The SDK is open source and available in the C++, C#, Java, and Python programming languages.

Motion Shadow full body motion capture demonstration video: YouTube/Motion Shadow

Be sure to read the next Astronomy article: Daily API RoundUp: Microsoft Bing, RevTwo, Stride.ai, Orbit.ai, Helioviewer