geoPlugin IP Geolocation JSON SDK provides indirect access to geoplugin.com. It is a website for the geoplugin.net API that allows users to lookup the location of an IP address or perform currency conversion. The web service provides free usage of its geolocation API and automatically supports IPv4/IPv6 queries.The API allows users to supply an IP address or latlon values, or if there is no input, the requesting IP address will be used. IP geolocation data returned includes country, region/state, city, zip code, latitude, longitude and more. Reverse geocoding can be performed by providing IP or lat/lon values to find nearby places, transport hubs etc in the "extras" category.
Startups that want to design innovative products and services using data that's accessible via the web now have better data mining tools, thanks in part to startups like the award-winning import.io. Meanwhile, the recent settlement between U.S. startup People+ and AOL around accessing the entire Crunchbase database via API for a Google Glass app means there could be greater clarity for startups around data usage rights when creating commercial ventures. ProgrammableWeb spoke with import.io co-founder and chief data officer Andrew Fogg and Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorney Mitch Stoltz to discuss commercial trends in data scraping and developer rights in using data via APIs for business product design.
About.me is a popular service that allows anyone to create a single page profile of yourself that can connect to your profiles on Facebook, Twitter and other popular services. The concept is simple but limiting to the services that it currently connects to. This is no longer the case with the release of the About.me API that now allows developers to write new applications that can integrate into the About.me profile page.
Ephesoft, mailroom automation solutions provider, has announced a series of Web Service APIs. The new APIs will expand accessibility of the intelligent document capture capability Ephesoft already offers. The API enables users to implement Intelligent Document Recognition or customer Document Classification and Extraction solutions into existing business processes and workflows.