October 13, 2010
Web APIs and mashups are not only of interest to the developer community. There are also research activities that look at how to improve various aspects of API design as well as services' and mashups' implementation and deployment. If you are interested in a cutting-edge research that may influence the future of Web APIs, then you should look at series of workshops on Web APIs and Service Mashups.
Developed in partnership with the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) project, the SOAP-based Australian Synchrotron APIs are geared to let scientists access data on their experiments from Australia's Synchrotron, the nation's largest research facility, in a secure manner. This also permits data analysis through remote access.
Less than two months ago, Merriam-Webster announced that some of its references would be available via an API. Now, competitor Cambridge University Press has followed suit with the Cambridge Dictionaries Online API. Currently, Cambridge offers five dictionaries through an API (i.e. Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary, Cambridge Dictionary of American English, Cambridge Business English Dictionary, Cambridge Learner's English-Turkish Dictionary, and Cambridge Leaner's Dictionary).