New Geo APIs - 6/11/12

Beat the Traffic API: Beat the Traffic by Triangle Software is web and mobile application that provides live traffic information on road maps in over 130 metropolitan areas. Beat the Traffic uses real-time data from multiple sources, including the US Department of Transportation.

The Beat the Traffic API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality and data of Beat the Traffic with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include accessing and retrieving speed data, route information, and images from traffic cameras for integration into other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up here:

Gothere Maps API: The Gothere Maps service provides access to continuously updated maps of Singapore. These maps are designed specifically to assist commuters and include both public transportation info and driving directions. Cost estimations are provided for taxis, parking, and similar expenses. Users can also employ custom location markers and geocoding services, as well as search for nearby amenities.

NearMap API: NearMap is a media company that creates high quality PhotoMaps of cities that are kept current via monthly updates. Changes over time can be observed using the TimeView function. Locations can be viewed from the side when the viewer is zoomed in to building-level detail.

The NearMap JavaScript API provides a way for web developers to embed NearMap in any web page, as well as customize the embedded map and create mash-ups. The NearMap JavaScript API is modeled on the Google Maps API and implements, with certain modifications, a subset of its features.

Species Invaders API: Species Invaders is a solution for identifying and mapping invasive species. It is a RESTful API that allows researchers to look up or add information about to a crowdsourced database of invasive species threats. This allows user from different apps or widgets to input data separately but develop the same knowledge base. Users can query it for data and updates or submit new information via the API. It returns JSON-encoded data and is still in its alpha release stage.

WikiSherpa API: WikiSherpa gives mobile users an interfact to Wikitravel that lets them download and navigate Wikitravel pages on their iPhone or Android phone, and shows their listings on a map. WikiSherpa is a mash-up of Wikitravel, Wikipedia, and OpenStreetMap. It can be used to search for destination guides which can be saved to users' phones. The API lets users access the functionality including returning a complete Wikitravel page, searching for pages, returning a list of pages nearest the given lat/long coordinates and more. The API uses HTTP calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

geoPlugin API: The service detects a web visitor's IP address and provides the user's global location, with varying accuracy depending on the country of origin. A companion service uses geocoding to return information about services and places near the detected user location.

API methods support submission of a detected IP address and return a range of geolocation information, including country, region, city, latitude and longitude, currency code and symbol, and current exchange rate. The geocoding API provides specifications for business and places nearby a submitted latitude and longitude.

Ongage API: Ongage is an email marketing platform. Ongage is a platform that allows users to use multiple email service providers to reach audiences based on geography and other characteristics.

The Ongage API allows developers to integrate the functionality of Ongage with other applications. The Ongage API allows full control of email sending, management, and reporting. Public documentation is not available; API access is available with service.

Pelagios API: PELAGIOS (acronym for: Pelagios: Enable Linked Ancient Geodata In Open Systems) is an open data initiative for geodata about the ancient world. The data and cooperative is based on a consortium of ancient world studies institutions such as Google Ancient Places, Perseus Digital Library, and LUCERO. Their API exposes the database function. It is an HTTP API that returns JSON, JSONP, and XML formatted responses.

US Census Bureau API: The US Census Bureau surveys the US population for demographic information and provides this information to the public, as well as using the data for decision making.

The US Census Bureau API allows developers to access and integrate the data from the US Census Bureau, beginning with the 2010 Census, with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include retrieving data by geographic location, retrieving summary files, and retrieving demographic information.

- Programmable Web

Published Monday, June 11th, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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