December 15, 2014
No one needs an introduction to YouTube, which is by far the largest social video site. The YouTube API was first released in 2005, which seems like a long time back in the API timeline. At the recently concluded Google I/O 2012, YouTube officially announced a series of new APIs and enhancements that focused on mobile video, user engagement and Analytics.
Last week, National Public Radio (NPR) announced the formation of a new non-profit organization to oversee development of a Public Media Platform (PMP) which "will allow public media producers and stations to gather their digital content in one place, and cost-effectively distribute it across digital platforms." The PMP also received $8 million in funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to support building APIs to provide access to that content.
The ProPublica Forensics API allows access to data from Propublica's investigation into the quality of autopsies across America. The API provides "state and county-level data about coroner and medical examiner systems in the United States." The RESTful API is available in JSON, XML and JSON-P formats. An astounding variety of data are available, from the ratio of autopsies to what is expected, to the number of uncertified pathologists working in a state or county system, and on and on.