Today in APIs: API Strategy Conference Nearly Sold Out, Telefonica acquires Tokbox API and 20 New APIs

The upcoming API Strategy Conference is nearly sold out. Telefonica extends its BlueVia Platform by acquiring Tokbox and its video chat API. Plus: New Relic launches the New Relic Connect partner program, the Gnip API adds YouTube comments and 20 new APIs.

API Strategy Conference Nearly Sold Out

The upcoming API Strategy Conference organized by 3scale and API Evangelist is nearly sold out. Held over two days starting on November 1st, the conference will provide attendees a chance to learn about how APIs are changing digital business and hear from leading API technology and business experts about how to execute an effective API strategy.

The event will take place over two days in New York. For more details, visit the conference site.

Telefonica acquires Tokbox API

Bluevia LocationEuropean telecommunications company, Telefonica has acquired video chat provider Tokbox. With the acquisition, Telefonica looks to extend its BlueVia platform to create a complete video, voice and text API service. According to James Middleton:

Telefónica will leverage TokBox’s platform for business and consumer customers, adding cross-platform video through both tailored solutions and the provision of APIs and applications for modification by third parties.

Tokbox is a video chat service provider that enables websites to weave live, group video communication into their online experience. It is one of nine video chat APIs in our directory.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

20 New APIs

Today we had 20 new APIs added to our API directory including an internet registry service, task tracking system, self-service payment platform, server uptime monitoring, argentinean daily deals service, image metadata service, new zealand regional geographic information service, help desk service, background screening data services, czech real estate information database, sms messaging service, aerial and satellite photography service, minnesota aerial photography and topographic map service, architectural component information service, location-based solar energy information service, soil, water, and climate data service, computer industry standards database, solar resources information and calculation services, django interface design service, zip file creation service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

ARIN Reg-RWSARIN Reg-RWS API: The service provides a registry of routing information for internet traffic that resolves web URL requests to particular servers. It allows applications to retrieve and modify registry records. The service allows applications to interact with a variety of record repositories about individuals and organizations maintained by the provider, change Resource allocations and assignments, and update related records.

API methods support retrieval and updating of POC records for individual people, ORG records for companies or other organizations, and NET records for network traffic handlers. Methods allow access to Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs) and delegation records linking IP addresses to registered domain names.

AstridAstrid API: Astrid is a to-do list and task tracking system for iOS, Android, and the web. The Astrid API features a RESTful interface for interacting with data from the Astrid servers, including updating and retrieving data. Results can be returned in JSON or XML format.

boxPAY MerchantboxPAY Merchant API: BoxPAY provides merchants with a self-serve payment box tool. The boxPAY Merchant API allows merchants to directly query the boxPAY platform for merchant specific information for data on one-off and subscription services. This is a SOAP API returning XML or JSON formatted data.

CopperEggCopperEgg API: CopperEgg provides continuous cloud-based server monitoring. The CopperEgg REST API provides a RESTful interface for developers to integrate operations directly into CopperEGG. Usages include extracting data for offline analysis, creating and editing alerts, creating monitoring probes, and more.

DaywatchDaywatch API: DayWatch provides access to daily deals and coupon aggregators for: USA, Latin America and South East Asia. DayWatch allows you the convenience of using a web Portal to access information that can help your Daily Deal or coupon site grow. You can use the service for a variety of data analysis purposes to help you compile reports and make data driven decisions.

The DayWatch API is powered by Tyrolabs and hosted through Mashape. The API is REST based with JSON, XML and YAML response formatting available. You must have a username and API Key to use the service in addition to a Mashape account.

DiscoverEDINA TaggerDiscoverEDINA Tagger API: The service extracts and gives access to metadata stored with document and resource files, especially image and multimedia files. Digital cameras and other image creation devices generate extensive descriptive data about how the file was created, including the device, resolution, format, date and time, geographic location, etc. This data is stored invisibly with the file, but may be accessible either for intended uses or for unintended ones such as discovering a location that should have remained secret. The service both shows what data is accessible with the stored file and enriches that data with additional descriptive information.

API methods support uploading a file and reviewing all descriptive metadata it provides. Methods also allow addition, revision, or deletion of selected metadata including addition, purging, or obscuring of geolocation information. The API also supports exporting of metadata for use separate from the file itself and search for images within the system created near the location of a selected image.

Environment Canterbury GISEnvironment Canterbury GIS API: The service is provided by the Environment Canterbury Regional Council, a regional authority within New Zealand. It exposes geographic information service (GIS) data for open public access. GIS services available include OGC-compliant map services for standardized access by GIS clients and applications. Datasets make available aerial photography, regional planning zones, natural resources profiles, and more.

API methods support access to a number of interrelated datasets, including color aerial photographs and planning zone boundaries. Natural resources within the region are documented, as are existing permitted uses. Environmental monitoring stations and other facilities are mapped.

GrooveGroove API: Groove is a help desk service that offers real-time customer support across multiple channels including email, web, mobile, live chat, Twitter and more. The software allows businesses to organize their customers' tickets using multiple support channels, is available on mobile platforms and allows businesses to provide realtime chat support. An API is available to integrate Groove with existing applications. Full Documentation is not publicly available.

IMSASIMSAS API: IMSAS LLC is a leading provider of Web Service solutions across a range of background screening data, MVR records, income and medical license verifications. IMSAS products are delivered using XML based languages to ensure cross-platform compatibility. The suite of search APIs give users access to data with a range of search solutions that meet the varying needs of your software applications. The IMSAS criminal records database alone contains more than 400 million records. The accessible data includes criminal records, SSN screening, sex offender records and tenant background screening. The APIs uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML.

Land Registry Information System of the Czech RepublicLand Registry Information System of the Czech Republic API: The Land Registry Information System of the Czech Republic provides users with online access to Czech real estate information. Those interested in the service can try it free of charge with functional examples, but use of the actual service requires payment. Information can be accessed programmatically using SOAP calls issued in XML format. The website is provided solely in Czech.

mBloxmBlox API: mBlox is a mobile messaging service provider. The mBlox platform supports rich status codes, secure SSL, long and concatenated messages, auto queuing, short codes and more. The mBlox Push Notification API allows developers to send rich content to their mobile app users. Public documentation is not available.

MnGeo Composite ImageMnGeo Composite Image API: The service provides aerial and satellite photos depicting terrain within the U.S. state of Minnesota. It works through a single access point that automatically provides appropriate photos taken from aircraft or by earth-orbiting satellites, depending on the space covered in the request and the resolution or level of detail requested. Images are available for locations across the state, with emphasis on the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Some images are available of terrain bordering Minnesota, especially counties in Wisconsin near the Twin Cities. Images are used, for example, in the Interactive Twin Cities Transit Map from Metro Transit.

API methods support access to imagery from the 7-country Twin Cities metro area and 4 counties to its north, 37 counties across Minnesota and near its eastern border, and areas within Canada along the state's northern border. Resolutions vary from 1:10,000 aerial photographs to FSA NAIP satellite photos up to 1:250,000 to even larger scale Landsat photos.

MnGeo Geospatial ImageMnGeo Geospatial Image API: The service provides a repository of aerial photos and topographic maps of terrain within the U.S. state of Minnesota. Photographs are taken from aircraft to capture surface features, and topographical maps are scanned from authoritative printed versions. The Web Map Service (WMS) stores and provides access to very large image files, saving the need to download and save local copies.

API methods support access to digital orthophotography and hillshade images as well as scanned USGS quadrangle topographic maps for locations in Minnesota specified by latitude and longitude or UTM zone. Returned data compliant with WMS protocols provide links to image files in jpeg and png formats.

NREL Building Component LibraryNREL Building Component Library API: The service from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provides a repository of standardized data about features commonly found in buildings. It service the needs of architects, designers, and construction personnel to create models of building energy use over time. Data for individual building components describe energy performance characteristics of windows, doors, walls, etc. matched to weather information.

API methods support search for specific building components either by type or keyword. Returned data provides descriptive facets to help narrow a search. Methods allow download of performance profiles for selected components for incorporation in an energy model for a building as a whole.

NREL National Solar Radiation DatabaseNREL National Solar Radiation Database API: The service from the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provides access to a database of solar radiation available at locations within the United States. The National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB) lists recorded solar energy readings from a wide range of weather stations. Data are summarized based on readings captured 1991-2005 using the Typical Meteorological Year (TMY) methodology.

API methods support search for solar radiation data for a location specified by latitude and longitude. Results can be restricted to specific fields such as date and time of recordings, specific recording station, solar conditions such as zenith and illumination, and weather conditions like precipitation and barometric pressure.

NWCC Air and Water DatabaseNWCC Air and Water Database API: The service is provided by the U.S. National Water and Climate Center (NWCC), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It gives access to the AWDB (air and water database) which documents measurements of soil, water, and climatic conditions. Datasets are compiled by automated systems for measuring snowpack and stations in the Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN). Other measurements of snow accumulation and available water supplies are also included, such as streamflow and reservoir levels.

API methods support queries against the AWDB datasets. Specific methods give access to resources like the SNOTEL (SNOw TELemetry) climate service, more general indexes of climate conditions, National Weather Service COOP stations, 30-year normal levels for some measures, etc.

OMGOMG API: OMG (Object Management Group) is an international, open-membership consortium that develops and maintains computer industry standards and specifications. Their website hosts an extensive list of specifications, many of which can be accessed programmatically using SOAP calls.

OMG uses an international, community-driven process to define requirements and develop specifications. This process involves end-users, vendors, academics, and government agencies. Specifications are made available commercially in hopes that they will gain the support of a wide swath of the industry and become de facto standards. OMG's relationships with national and international accredited standards bodies means that many of their standards become officially recognized.

SolarGISSolarGIS API: SolarGIS is a geographic information system designed to meet the needs of the solar energy industry. It integrates solar resource information and meteorological data with tools for planning and monitoring the performance of solar energy systems. SolarGIS data covers most of the globe, but does not yet cover Canada, the United States, Japan, parts of Australia, and a few other regions. SolarGIS is trying to achieve global coverage by the end of 2012.

To provide clients with additional means of accessing their tools and data, SolarGIS has developed the Data Delivery and PV Planner Calculate APIs. The Data Delivery API retrieves the most recent data from the SolarGIS database and calculates the electrical output of a PV (photovoltaic) system. The PV Planner Calculate API is a simulation tool for the planning and optimization of PV systems.

TastyPieTastyPie API: Django is a python web Framework that encourages rapid development and pragmatic design. The Tastypie API is a framework for creating powerful and customizable REST style interfaces for Django. The API uses REST calls for retrieving and manipulating data. The service includes serialized formats including JSON, XML, YAML, and bplist.

ZipPleaseZipPlease API: ZipPlease provides an API to let applications create Zip files instantly from existing online files. Users are no longer forced to tie up their server generating zip files or downloading files one at a time. Plans are available ranging from 1,000 to 250,000 Zip files. With the API, users can download, list and delete files. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.