Today in APIs: Target Developer Contest, Contactually API, and 14 New APIs

Target is looking for developers to create a new mobile experience for their customers. Contactually is planning on using recent funding to expand its API. Plus: The programmable enterprise has arrived, Edmodo ups API ante with Root-1 acquisition, and 14 new APIs.

Target Calls For Developers to Hit the Mark

Target Corp. has announced “Target Retail Accelerator,” a sponsored contest that urges developers to create retail focused mobile apps. Don’t let the name confuse you, this contest is more like a hackathon than a traditional “accelerator.” This contest will culminate with seven finalists receiving $10,000 and a grand-prize winner of $75,000.

Contactually Will Use New Funding to Expand its API

Contactually, a provider of lightweight CRM tools for email, has announced the completion of a $1 million seed round that will help to fund API growth. The Contactually API:

“enables third-party software providers to seamlessly access the rich contact data and communication histories that users can access on the native Platform. In particular, Contactually’s Integration partners can use the API to automatically add and update contact records from email and social media, as well as see the interactions that they have had with a given contact over email and social media.”

The company’s new API is RESTful and returns all data in JSON. The continued growth of the API includes the promise of OAuth2 Authentication support.

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14 New APIs

Today we had 14 new APIs added to our API directory including an email marketing service, a music distribution and licensing service, an application management platform, a push notification service for applications, an image processing service and an application building and backend service. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

AcyMailingAcyMailing API: AcyMailing is an e-mail marketing service, it enables you to create e-mail marketing campaigns with powerful statistics and build a real automatic e-mail system for an entire website allowing users to keep up with subscribers and create a link between the business and them. The AcyMailing API allows users to get subscriptions via URL, get the AcyMailing mailing list, insert a user, subscribe or remove a user from a list, create a newsletter, an insert an e0mail in the queue.

AfricoriAfricori API: Africori is an online music platform for musicians, composers, and agents. Musicians can license, distribute, and manage their music with Africori.

The Africori API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Africori with other applications and to create new applications. Public Documentation is not available; interested developers should contact Africori for more information:

AppsecuteAppsecute API: Appsecute is a collaborative application management platform for developers, IT professionals, and managers. Appsecute allows users to access all of the applications they use daily, such as Github and project management applications.

The Appsecute API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Appsecute with other applications. Some example API methods include retrieving components, managing events, and managing accounts.

AwarlyAwarly API: Awarly provides advanced, scalable notification features for applications. These features allow users to push messages to the phone of someone who uses their application, even when that application isn’t open. Push Composer simplifies the process of sending Push Notifications, so that anyone in the user's organization can send one. Awarly also provides powerful analytics to discover how customers are using a particular app and determine which engagement techniques are working and which ones aren’t. Developers can use Awarly' REST API to interact with it from anything that can send an HTTP request.

BlitlineBlitline API: Blitline is a pay-as-you-go image processing service. It allows users to chain together operations on images and, when processing is complete, push them to the user's preferred online photo storage service. Blitline's API allows users to create image processing jobs programmatically using JSON-formatted REST calls.

Blitline also offers the Blitshots API, which allows users to take a screenshot of a website and then run additional Blitline operations on it. It functions the same way as Blitline's primary API does, with only minor modifications to calls.

CarriotsCarriots API: Carriots is a platform that helps people build applications for the internet. Users can connect objects and data to Carriots and start building applications with them by creating triggers and scripting rules. The Carriots External API allows client applications to communicate with the Carriots platform easily via REST calls.

DeskarmaDeskarma API: Deskarma is a knowledge sharing platform. Deskarma offers features rewards for knowledge sharing within an organization and sharing features that enables knowledge sharing.

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

GroupcentricGroupcentric API: GROUPcentric is a service that allows for in-application sharing and user engagement. GROUPcentric allows developers to add a layer to applications that lets users share with friends and chat about content within an application.

The GROUPcentric API and SDK allow developers to access and integrate the functionality of GROUPcentric with other applications and to create new applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up for more information:

JelasticJelastic API: Jelastic is a cloud platform that allows for hosting and server services in the cloud.

The Jelastic API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Jelastic with other applications. Some example API methods include managing account information, viewing server logs, and accessing and managing archives.

JorumJorum API: Jorum is service in development in the UK to provide further and higher education, and to collect and share learning and teaching materials, allowing their reuse and repurposing. The Jorum API allows users to search by a collections list,Resources By submitter (all resources with no pagination), By author (with pagination), By keyword (with pagination), By title (with pagination),By simple search (no pagination but the user can specify a maximum number of resources returned).The service uses REST calls and returns JSON, XML, or CSV.

MojivaMojiva API: Mojiva develops mobile advertising campaigns and monetization strategies for agencies, brand advertisers, and publishers worldwide. It also allows developers to ad-enable mobile applications, games, SMS messages, WAP sites, and more by using REST and JavaScript APIs to deliver ads from the Mojiva server network. Mojiva also provides REST APIs for monitoring the results of ad campaigns with information and statistics.

PDF2DataPDF2Data API: The service provides analysis and data extraction from a number of popular application file types, including PDF and Microsoft Office applications Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. It also extracts text or other data from scanned documents.

API methods support uploading a source document file in one of the recognized formats along with specifications of the data to be exported. In addition to PDF and MS Office formats, methods can process OpenOffice and WordPerfect documents, text files, .rtf files, and a number of common image file formats. Requests also specify the source document language and MIME type, desired output template, and other technical parameters. Methods generate output in the desired output, such as html for web display.

Pro Writing AidPro Writing Aid API: Pro Writing Aid is an online writing tool that analyzes text and checks for spelling, grammar, overused words, sentiment, cliches, redundancies, and more to improve writing.

The Pro Writing Aid API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Pro Writing Aid with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include analyzing text, retrieving analysis reports, and checking for specific writing areas, such as spelling.

University of California- BerkeleyUniversity of California- Berkeley API: The University of California - Berkeley has opened up some of its institutional data. The University of California - Berkeley API allows developers to access and integrate the data of Berkeley with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include retrieving department information and searching departments.