Swivel, along with its cousin IBM Research's Many Eyes, is helping make sharing, visualizing, and discussing data on the web fun and addictive. How? Take, for example, the following Swivel-hosted graph, which shows the Growth of Creative Commons Photos on Flickr to millions of photos.
When you gotta go, you gotta know: where’s the nearest toilet? SitOrSquat has been helping answer that question for several years. Now the SitOrSquat API will allow you to interface with the app's extensive database of public restrooms, replete with all kinds of meta data.
The recent experience of mapmaker RouteBuilder highlights one of the key issues that needs to be addressed when consuming APIs: how to manage the risk associated with an API becoming unavailable? Businesses consuming open APIs in their products need to take these risk management actions.