As more organizations begin to think about data as a business asset versus a burden then needs to carried, many of them are become more cognizant of that fact that data only has real value when it’s shared. After all, nobody is going to spend money on data they can’t access. The trouble is everybody seems a little conflicted about how to best go about doing that.
In Spring 2011, the New York Public Library (NYPL) launched one of the largest culinary data projects of all time: What's on the Menu?. The NYPL maintains one of the world's largest menu collections (around 45,000 menus dating back to the 1840s). The project aims to ease searching through this massive dataset. In simplifying menu search, What's on the Menu launched the first NYPL public API.