The Mezzanine Python SDK by George Cushen is an SDK that uses the Django framework to extend services of the Mezzanine API content management platform to developers. The Mezzanine API is a RESTful API that helps developers create custom content types, programmatically interact with the search engine, and customize the way the search engine accesses different types of content.
Who ever said that institutions were loathe to change? Well call him up and let him know, the Library of Congress, with their Prints and Photographs API has finally taken the REST API plunge. If this government institution can do it, maybe you can convince the head of your IT department that APIs are a good idea too.
Did you think the search engine wars were over, and Google won? New kid on the block Blekko, currently in closed private beta, urges you to reconsider. Once out, it's bound to become the favorite of search refiners, with the results likely made available as an API.