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June 3, 2009 / compassioninpolitics

Top Twenty Open APIs and Mashup Resources for Web Developers

Here are the best 10 Open APIs for Web Designers and Developers

APIs, which stand for application programmable interfaces, are one of the ways niche content gets distributed online. Its a great way for web developers to get quality content for websites in a way that saves both time and money. (I believe most are open APIs):

1) All the free Google APIs

2) Google Maps APIs

3) Yahoo APIs at the Yahoo Developer Network

4) Facebook APIs and the Facebook developers wiki

5) Twitter API

6) Social Entrepreneur API

7) Yelp API

8) Simply Hired API

9) APIs at Programable Web

10) Zillow local data API (see also Google, Yahoo, Yelp for more local and neighborhood data apis) Check out the Truila API for developers too (it has 2 apis: location info + truila stats) It would be interesting to research how real estate agents and web developers are using these apis. The Zillow api is probably the most popular of these.
real estate APIs
78 real estate mashups

Part II: More Open APIs and Mashup Resources
1) Flickr API and you can get started with the Flickr API at Yahoo

2) Digg Api. Also check out 7 awesome things build on the Digg API at Mashable.

3) Webmashup.com has a list of 100′s of APIs subcategorized.

4) Open APIs State of the Web is incredibly impressive coverage of APIs.

5) Keep up with API and development trends at Mashup News at CNET

6) Open Library API (for books?)

7) Find some of the best related resources about Open API and mashups on delicious–where I found Open Laszlo

8) 6 Basic Truths about APIs from O’Reily as well as How to Roll Out an API from O’Reily

9) Read Write Web on Trends in Mashups and APIs (arguably dated due to 2007 publication date, but still quite good)

10) Stephen Spencer has great notes on the SEO importance of open APIs.

11) Betaworks companies have created these fun and helpful APIs (Inside.Out, Twitter, chartbeat, switchbait, bitly, tipjoy)

Whats your favorite open API, mashup, or open API resource?

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  1. compassioninpolitics / Jul 22 2009 1:06 am

    I belive Boxee and Bing both have usable APIs.

    These folks at USC have an API thats based on mapping + GIS:
    https://webgis.usc.edu/

  2. Nathan Ketsdever / Feb 4 2010 11:55 pm

    This article is particularly worth checking out on the issue of real estate APIs:
    http://blog.programmableweb.com/2008/04/16/7-real-estate-apis-what-housing-crisis/

    These APIs specifically may be helpful:
    http://www.programmableweb.com/apis/directory/1?apicat=Real%20Estate

  3. compassioninpolitics / Aug 29 2010 9:42 pm

    Finally, Geo Social (which I believe is backed by Brad Feld) has a map based API that you can read about here:

    http://www.feld.com/wp/archives/2010/08/using-open-source-to-bootstrap-your-data-service.html

    Simple GEO (a Tech Stars start up) has at least one open API for local geo-spatial data:
    http://blog.simplegeo.com/

    Factual is pretty cool too for providing info on Open APIS for web & mobile development:
    http://www.factual.com/

    Here is a list of Open APIs including profanity filters, financial data, Google stuff, and SMS & Mobile APIs.
    http://wiki.cs50.net/Fun_APIs

    Feel free to suggest other open APIs in the comments section.

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