Location-sharing service Gowalla is preparing to launch its long-awaited write API (our Gowalla API profile). The move could makes its platform as desirable as its main competitor, FourSquare. With it, comes the need to relinquish a bit of control of the user experience, something Gowalla has considered an important factor of its success.
Google keeps expanding the features of its Google Maps API, yet there's no shortage of things developers wish Google added. We know this because there is a public repository of issues. While some may be bugs, most are enhancements, desired additions to the web's most popular API.
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.