New Geo APIs - 12/17/12

Argos WebService API: The service provides tracking and monitoring of locations on the earth's surface by satellite processing of signals from a transmitter, either at a fixed station or mounted on a vehicle or other mobile platform. Applications of the satellite monitoring services include observations of oceanic conditions, management of fishing grounds and activities, and monitoring wildlife habitats.

API methods support retrieval of satellite and transmitter positions and processing of tracking data collected by the system. Methods supply locations of transmitters and sensor readings for conditions there along with estimates of error in readings and system diagnostics.


CivicApps Restaurant Inspections API: The service provides safety inspection reports from restaurants in Multnomah County, Oregon, which contains the city of Portland. Default results provide the 25 most recent reports by county inspectors, allowing evaluation of inspection activity during the period. Results cannot be limited to a specific restaurant, however.

API methods provide safety inspection scores along with restaurant name and location (both address and geolocation coordinates) as well as inspector name, date, and related detail. Results can be adjusted for a different record count than the default or a specific date range, specified as start date and optional end date.

TowerData API: TowerData provides Real-Time Data Services, a collection of web services that help ensure the quality of data entered into business websites. These services validate and correct email addresses, postal addresses, and phone numbers. They can also retrieve demographic information for individuals or households. For a given IP Address, they can retrieve the associated location and ISP. Some aspects of the service use SOAP calls for integration while others rely on JSON-formatted REST calls.

UNAVCO Synthetic Aperture Radar API: The service provides access to data from Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) technologies operated by a consortium of university-based research programs. Its archive includes images of the Earth's surface created by radar scans from a satellite platform, which generates detail sufficient to map detail measured in centimeters or even finer units.

API methods support searches against the metadata the archive of SAR scans and related resources across a number of interrelated collections. A request retrieves a list of holdings by location and/or with specified parameters such as image resolution, date the scan was generated, and format. Each resource record describes availability status and possible access methods.

Zoo Property API: The service provides listings of real estate and properties offered for sale or rental, grouped by selling and and office. It allows remote creation and updating of property listings with information about location and address, description text, specifications and amenities, taxing jurisdiction, and property photos. Integration possibilities allow property listings to be built into neighborhood and regional information applications and other platforms that expose the listings to wider audiences. A WordPress plug-in is available that interacts with the API to display listings.

API methods support creation of sale and rental listings, including short-term holiday rentals, for a property, with ability to edit offer terms and information over time. Methods also support listings for commercial real estate offerings. The API supports management of information about property marketing such as open house events.

Ancient World Mapping Center API: The Ancient World Mapping Center is an interdisciplinary research center located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Center promotes cartography, historical geography, and geographic information science within the field of ancient studies through research, teaching, and community outreach activities.

The AWMC API allows users to browse, access, and interact with the AWMC database. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in GeoJSON and RDF.

Snoobi API: The Finland-based service provides traffic tracking and analytics for web pages, content elements, social media messaging, and some other communications campaigns. It emphasizes tracking of effectiveness for communications and messaging across web, social, and phone-based channels. Customized reporting functions are intended to deliver summaries with or without detail appropriate to decision-making needs from strategy formulation to tactical implementation.

API methods support retrieval of reports from overall traffic summaries and performance against goals or among specific user demographics. Traffic reporting provides analytics for site directories, pages, and page sections. Reporting breaks down advertising performance, search term effectiveness, and geographic variation in traffic patterns.

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Published Monday, December 17th, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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