April 27, 2020
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Scientific journals are providing greater access to published research by releasing new APIs. Cambridge Journals Online API and Public Library of Science Article Level Metrics API have both been released in the past several weeks. Meanwhile, the European Commission has just completed a public consultation on open access to research data ahead of a new wave of policy reform and their next big research funding round.
Here is an interview with Karthik Ram, who has co-created the rOpenSci project, which helps make REST APIs consumable by the R language. Developers can take note of this - R is one of the widely used statistical languages in the world, and has many GUIs for making advanced data mining easily available.
Ten APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Science, Voting, and Extraction. Highlights include the SciTools Plus API for genetic analysis, and the GHO API from the World Health Organization for health data. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.