Today In APIs: Foursquare Hackathon, CardShark API, Personal Genome API and 14 New APIs

Showcase your Location app in the second edition of Foursquare Global Hackathon. CardShark, an API for Business Card transcription. Plus: RunKeeper at Quantified Self, Build an App on the human genome via the 23andMe API and 14 new APIs.

Foursquare Global Hackathon is back

foursquareThe second edition of the Foursquare Global Hackathon is back. This edition focuses on the Connected Apps Platform, which lets you augment the Foursquare experience with your application. It will be held on November 3 and you can participate in the all-day event at Foursquare's NYC or San Francisco office. Global participants can also take part via various Foursquare Meetup groups. The prizes are sure to be interesting with last years winners getting a championship belt and also being featured on the Times Square giant screen. To sign up, visit the Meetup page and follow for more news.

FullContact previews CardShark API for Business Card Transcription

FullContactDo you have a pile of business cards and wished that there was a solution to not just transcribe this information but also push that into your CRM? FullContact, that is focused on solving the world's contact problem has released CardShark , an API that helps you do exactly that. The process is simple: Scan a Card, POST the image via the CardShark API and receive a JSON/ XML record in minutes.  The CardShark API is currently free to use in Beta phase.

23andMe, an API to explore the Human Genome

23andMe23andMe, which provides technology for DNA analysis has announced an API that will help developers tap into their data sets. The API is currently invite only and the company hopes that developers would create a new range of applications that could help customers understand more about their DNA. Visit the Personal Genome API for signup and Documentation.

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14 New APIs

Today we had 14 new APIs added to our API directory including a currency value conversion service, an enterprise travel and expense management service, a real time Big Data processing paas, a dutch parliamentary system simulation, a donation processing service, a financial estimate Platform, and an online pharmacy credential verification service. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

AidData USD-2009 DeflatorAidData USD-2009 Deflator API: AidData is an initiative that aims to make aid information more transparent and improve the quality of research on aid allocation and aid effectiveness. AidData offers a searchable database of aid activities around the world with nearly one million entries.

The USD-2009 Deflator queries AidData's GDP deflator database. It lets users take financial data from many countries, currencies and time periods, and convert financial values to a constant currency. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML and JSON.

AriettAriett API: Ariett provides Purchase to Pay and Travel & Expense software solutions that allow organizations to automate Requisitioning & Purchasing Order Management, AP Invoicing, and Travel & Expense Reporting. The software is avilable through a cloud based offering that includes an API. Developers can integate Ariett's services with their own systems via the API. Full documentation is not publicly available.

BrightContextBrightContext API: BrightContext provides an ultra-scalable, cloud-based platform that allows developers to:

1) Filter and perform calculations on streams of data in-flight, and

2) Power real-time data communication in apps.

By delivering these capabilities on-demand and through an easy-to-use API and SDKs, BrightContext will unleash innovation in mobile apps, social TV, real-time business metrics, and multi-player games.

BrightContext is Powering Real-Time.

Democracy GameDemocracy Game API: The Democracy Game(Democratiespel) is a Dutch Parliament simulator where users can vote on proposed bills and political issues. Voting earns the user points that allow them to eventually propose bills themselves and potentially take a seat in the 150 seat parliament where bills can be approved. The Democracy Game API, using REST calls, and allows users to view issues, check user profiles, vote on issues, check issues be category, and see current vote status. Most API content requires no Authentication, but third-party development using the API must use OAuth.

DemocracyEngineDemocracyEngine API: DemocracyEngine is a fund raising support service that helps organizations and individuals raise fund, set goals and incentives. The DemocracyEngine API can be integrated into campaign management systems and other political fund tracking and distribution services. Using this REST API, users can process donations and direct them towards candidates and campaigns. The service returns JSON and XML.

EstimizeEstimize API: Estimize is an online platform for financial estimates. Financial institutions, investors, independent analysts, and brokers can share their financial estimates online for the Estimize community to see.

The Estimize API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Estimize with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up here:

Pharmacy CheckerPharmacy Checker API: Pharmacy Checker gathers, evaluates, and reports credentials, customers feedback, and prices pertaining to pharmacies that operate online, through mail-order, or fax. The Pharmacy Checker API connects users with the verification program to check in real-time if online pharmacies that wish to advertise with you are legitimate. The API allows custom verification criteria based on user requirements.

ScupScup API: Scup is a social media monitoring service. Scup offers a social media dashboard, along with social media planning, content, posting, analysis, and reporting.

The Scup API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Scup with other applications. Some example API methods include retrieving lists of monitoring, accessing lists of users and user information, and searching.

SDSS ImgCutoutSDSS ImgCutout API: The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) is a project dedicated to mapping the universe. Over eight years of operations, it has obtained deep, multi-color images covering over a quarter of the sky and created 3-dimensional maps containing more than 930,000 galaxies and more than 120,000 quasars.

SDSS provides a SOAP-based interface for retrieving image cutouts from its archive. Users must provide an array of information to specify the desired image, including right ascension, declination, scale, image width and height, and drawing options. The service then returns the requested image in JPEG format.

SnapCrowdSnapCrowd API: SnapCrowd is an online digital asset management platform. SnapCrowd allows users to store, manage, and share their digital assets, such as photos, in the cloud.

The SnapCrowd API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of SnapCrowd with other applications. Public documentation is not available; API access comes with account service.

SpeapSpeap API: Speap is an online phone company with the goal of offering cheap, reliable, global phone service in a simple and usable format. The Speap API allows developers to integrate Speap functions into third-party applications. Functions include checking server status, initiating calls, sending messages, and requesting account balance data.

Thomson Reuters DataScope SelectThomson Reuters DataScope Select API: Thomson Reuters is a leading provider of information for use by businesses and professionals. Information is gathered for financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare, science and media markets

Thomson Reuters DataScope Select is a platform for delivering non-streaming financial content. The platform provides linked data for all content including Reference Data, Corporate Actions, Legal Entity Data, end-of-day/intra-day pricing and Evaluation Pricing Services. The XML API provides access to the full data model and can be used as a data source for third party applications.

Thumbs UpThumbs Up API: Thumbs Up is an application for social television watching. Thumbs Up allows users to watch TV "together" over the application to share TV moments, discuss the show, and comment on the show.

The Thumbs Up API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Thumbs Up with other applications and to create new applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up for an API Key:

USCG Approved Equipment ListingUSCG Approved Equipment Listing API: This database contains equipment approved or certified by the Commandant of the US Coast Guard (USCG) for use on commercial vessels and recreational boats. It is provided as a reference for ship-owners, operators, builders, and other persons affected by the Marine Inspection and Navigation Laws and Regulations.

Not all USCG approvals are listed in this database. In some cases, approvals may be issued by European "Notified Bodies" under Mutual Recognition Agreements. These approvals may be found instead at the European Marine Equipment Directive website

The USCG Approved Equipment Listing is accessible programmatically using SOAP calls issued in XML format.