FirebrowseR is a R client for Broads Firehose Web API. It is serving data generated by the Firehose Pipeline and processes TCGA date sets. This pipeline allows you to directly get TCGA/Firehose data that provides the cancer research community with a unified data repository and enables data sharing across cancer genomic studies in support of precision medicine.
Organizations of all sizes are starting to appreciate that there is a wealth of information starting to flow in and out of their companies via the APIs they decided to expose to third-parties. Now those organizations can start figuring out how to derive some value out of all that data.