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The Integrated Earth Data Applications are accessible through a variety of APIs and clients, including REST, SOAP, an Open Geospacial Consortium, and an "Open Archive Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvest." These can be used to create maps, visualize data, plot sample positions and create customized data compilations. Funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), the IEDA provides "data services for observational solid earth data from the Ocean, Earth, and Polar Sciences" to support the work of the geosciences community.
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.
Do you lie awake at night thinking about just how hard to ride your bike for 112 miles after swimming 2.4 miles and before running that 26.2 mile marathon without a break? Of course you do--especially if you're attempting an Ironman Triathlon. Turns out there's an optimal answer to that problem and a way to "cheat", courtesy of Joe Friel, legendary athlete, author and founder of TrainingPeaks. I'll get to that conundrum in a minute. The TrainingPeaks SOAP API helps coaches and athletes use the platform to add users, upload data, get works outs and achieve peak performance.