Who ever said that institutions were loathe to change? Well call him up and let him know, the Library of Congress, with their Prints and Photographs API has finally taken the REST API plunge. If this government institution can do it, maybe you can convince the head of your IT department that APIs are a good idea too.
Can you locate any public or internal document that is on the internet or your intranet throughout your company? Once you get past a certain size, the Searchbox REST API makes that possible through access to its search services via the cloud or onsite. The API indexes raw content from a variety of sources.
Gnomedex, the annual tech conference in Seattle hosted by Chris Pirillo, and Microsoft Live Search, are teaming up to sponsor a developer's contest dubbed "Will Code for Green" where judges will accept mashup entries in two categories: Economy and Ecology.