Before there was a Google Maps API, Adrian Holovaty created Chicago Crime to show updated crime data by location. Holovaty's lessons were later put into play in the Knight Foundation-funded EveryBlock, now owned by MSNBC. And now, EveryBlock has an API.
Not all background checks are the same; while the government court data is universal, the mechanisms to access that data vary wildly from automated searches to manual court-runners. This article provides advice on what to look for when choosing an employment screening API vendor.
Fourteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Sports, Machine Learning, and News Services. Highlights include the Feedster API for integrating applications with RSS feeds and the Ricoh THETA API for programmatic access to 360 degree camera imagery.