Today in APIs: Apigee Launches Mobile Analytics, Mashery Teams With Intel for Enterprise API Management and 17 New APIs

Apigee announces a first-of-its-kind mobile analytics tool. Mashery and Intel (both ProgrammableWeb sponsors) announce a reseller agreement that brings API management to the Enterprise. Plus: How Pinterest gets friendships wrong, Google Maps weekly spotlight and 17 new APIs.

Apigee Launches Mobile Analytics

Apigee OAuthToday Apigee announced the launch of their first of its kind mobile analytics tool. Named Apigee Mobile Analytics, it allows developers to perform realtime detection, diagnosis and fixing of problems with their mobile apps. Updates can be pushed directly to devices without requiring users to download new versions of apps. The press release lists features of the tool including:

-- Monitor and search though mobile application logs
-- Detect application crashes and captures Stack traces
-- Determine network performance bottlenecks
-- Push critical configuration fixes in production to reduce bugs and
improve performance without the need for code pushes to the app store
-- A/B testing of mobile features

Interested developers can go to the Mobile Analytics page to sign up for a beta version. This comes on the heels of Apigee launching “API Management for the Software-Defined Network (SDN)” earlier this month.

Mashery Teams With Intel for Enterprise API Management

Mashery announced a reseller agreement with Intel along with an update to its API Management Platform bringing best in class API management to enterprise customers. The agreement with Intel will combine API sharing from Mashery with secure back end application Integration from Intel.

Mashery is the leading provider of API Management technology and services, helping to power 50,000 apps for more than 150 top brands. Their new web services solution allows enterprises to fuel business development and use APIs to lower barriers for businesses teams driving new partnerships, market channels and internal innovation.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

17 New APIs

This week we had 17 new APIs added to our API directory including a Library Resource recommendation service, taxonomic information database, solar energy information service, renewal energy impact estimation service, event planning and publicizing services, greek citizens and traders information service, scholarly publications usage information service, ticket-selling platform, aggregated weather forecast service, data extraction and recovery service, italian emoticon-based user satisfaction survey, tech support outsourcing job application service, perth area transit information. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

Copac SALT recommenderCopac SALT recommender API: The service provides recommendations for resources of interest to a user based on selections that previous users have made. It links resources and generates recommendations based on circulation data collected over 10 years beginning in 2001 by John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester in the U.K.

API methods support submission of a query containing an identifier for a resource of interest, either ISBN or a local workID value, along with a numerical threshold for the number of users who have accessed a pair of resources. Returned data provide links to records for up to 40 resources accessed in combination with the resource of interest.

EDIT CDM LibraryEDIT CDM Library API: The EDIT Platform for Cybertaxonomy is a collection of tools and services that cover all aspects of the taxonomic workflow. The CDM (Common Data Model) is a repository for data produced by taxonomists, and it forms the core of the EDIT platform. It hosts information such as taxon names and concepts, literature references, specimens, distributions, and structured descriptive data. The CDM Library REST API provides programmatic access to all resources stored in the CDM.

EMP ClimateEMP Climate API: The service provides measures of solar energy available at specified locations on the earth's surface. Data give monthly mean values of solar irradiance measures for locations around the globe. Data reflect satellite observations and meteorological observations and analyses from U.S. government agencies, the National Center for Environmental Predictions (NCEP) and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Separate observations are rationalized by data fusion techniques.

API methods support submission of a global location as latitude, longitude, and elevation. The API returns solar energy measures such as downwelling shortwave irradiance along with low, high, and average readings for air temperature and relative humidity.

Environmental Life Cycle Impact AssessmentEnvironmental Life Cycle Impact Assessment API: The service from the Center for Energy and Processes (CEP) in France provides estimates of environmental impact of photovoltaic (PV) technologies over their complete life cycles. It assesses impact of PV solar electricity technologies and installations based on a number of established computation methods. Calculations of cost and benefit over the life of an installation help to guide decision-making and justify the investment.

API methods support estimates of photovoltaic technology performance both at a geographic point on a map and within a defined area of interest (AOI). Life cycle cost and benefit are then estimated from the Ecoinvent database. Mapping data comply with the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) protocol.

EventPointEventPoint API: The EventPoint platform provides resources to help event planners manage and promote their events. EventPoint's core services include robust reporting, mobile versions of everything, a business intelligence data Feed, and a personal website.

All of EventPoint's services can be accessed using either RESTful or SOAP-based APIs. This means that programmatic methods can be used to retrieve and edit information on events and attendees as well as to access event evaluations and the site's messaging service.

Greek Republic Ministry of Finance GSISGreek Republic Ministry of Finance GSIS API: The Greek Republic Ministry of Finance GSIS (General Secretariat for Information Systems) provides APIs that allow users to retrieve information on persons or traders using their TIN (taxpayer identification number), ID (identity card), or name. Information can be retrieved for individual or non-individual traders on the Greek markets as well as for people registered with the Information Registry for Natural and Non-Natural Persons.

HelioClimHelioClim API: The service provides estimates of solar energy potential for sites in Africa, the region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, and the central part of the Atlantic Ocean. It refers to a database of solar radiation estimates based on images taken over a 20-year period by the Meteosat satellites. In addition to estimates of solar energy production, the data may provide useful input for climate studies.

API methods support submission of location coordinates to retrieve estimated values for solar irradiance there. Each request can specify either a single geographic point or multiple points. Separate services are available for the period 1985-2005 and 2004-2005.

HighWire PressHighWire Press API: HighWire Press is a leading ePublishing platform that partners with independent scholarly publishers, societies, associations, and university presses to facilitate the digital dissemination of journals, reference works, books, and proceedings. HighWire Press provides access to COUNTER reports on its publications through a SOAP-based API. COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources) is an international set of standards and protocols governing the recording and exchange of online usage data.

Hydro1KHydro1K API: The service provides a digital model of terrain elevation and slope based on a database of terrain features compiled by the EU-funded MESoR project. Elevation and slope affect the efficiency of solar energy collection and electricity generation via photovoltaic (PV) power plants. In addition to the data service, a mapping Function allows for interactive consideration of sites for solar power plants.

API methods support designation of an area of interest as a mapped bounding box or specific location. Returned data provide mapping data to represent elevation, slope, and other topological features.

KoliseoKoliseo API: Koliseo is a free ticket-selling platform for events of all sizes. Koliseo provides a RESTful API for retrieving information on events and users from the website. The API Documentation is an ongoing project, and only stable features have been made public. The functions available thus far enable programmers to retrieve show information and the performances within a show and to retrieve a given user's shows, venues, and ticket purchases.

NCEP ForecastNCEP Forecast API: The service provides aggregated 3-day weather forecasts for several surface measurements of meteorological conditions, including wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, temperature, relative humidity, and precipitation. It also provides forecasts of solar irradiance. Estimates are updated every 3 hours. The data come from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, part of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

API methods support designation of a location by latitude, longitude, and elevation along with the types of weather observations desired. The API returns aggregated forecasts for the specific meterological measures at the requested location.

OfficeRecoveryOfficeRecovery API: OfficeRecovery is a provider of tools for data extraction from dozens of email, database and office productivity application file formats. The tools can be used to recover and restore lost emails and mailboxes, repair corrupted databases, fix damaged Office documents and retrieve files from crashed hard disks and Flash drives.

The OfficeRecovery Web API provides functionality allowing developers to embed the OfficeRecovery Online service into their own sites and to use service resources for remote recovery of corrupted data. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML.

Qualita PA Mettiamoci la FacciaQualita PA Mettiamoci la Faccia API: Mettiamoci la Faccia is an initiative of the Department of Public Administration that seeks to determine user satisfaction in a systematic way through the use of emoticons. It focuses on determining the quality of public services rather than business services.

The system allows citizens to express an opinion on a public service in a simple and immediate manner every time they received the service, but only after its completion and only once per use. Administrations that adopt the service are able to monitor customer satisfaction continuously in real time.

Mettiamoci la Faccia can be accessed programmatically using SOAP calls. The service's website and documentation are provided solely in Italian.

ShadowShadow API: The service provides estimates of reduction of efficiency of solar energy installations due to shadows cast by terrain and other objects at a location. Estimates are based on data collected during the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM), which created highly detailed images of surface topography. For a specified location, the service can project interference with solar irradiance by naturally occurring and constructed terrain features.

API methods support submission of a location's coordinates to receive an estimate of the relief shadow effect on solar resources there. Shadow effect is stated as a percentage of the day that solar irradiance will be blocked. Methods also provide esimates of global horizontal irradiance and direct normal irradiance under clear-sky conditions.

SRTMSRTM API: The service provides a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) build from data representing terrain features as detected by the Shuttle Radar Tomography Mission (SRTM). Elevation affects the efficiency of solar energy collection, including photovoltaic (PV) electricity production. By modeling terrain features and elevation, the service helps to improve accuracy of estimates of solar energy production at a location.

API methods support specification of an area of interest (AOI), either a bounding box defined by mapped coordinates or a single location. Methods return high-accuracy elevation data for use in solar energy production estimates.

teleNetworkteleNetwork API: teleNetwork is a leading provider of outsourced technical support services and help desk solutions. They have successfully provided support and customer care solutions for industry leaders such as Dell Computer, Compaq, SBC Communications, AT&T, Verio, Frontier Communications, and many others. The SOAP-based teleNetwork API enables users to apply for work at teleNetwork programmatically.

TransperthTransperth API: Transperth is the public transport services provider for the greater Perth area. The Perth Transit API provides unofficial read-only access to the Transperth data, including information on bus times, bus stops, and smart rider accounts. Data is returned in JSON format.