New Geo APIs - 8/08/12

AIMS Address API: The Automated Information Mapping System (AIMS) is provided by Johnson County, Kansas. It can be used by individuals, government organizations or businesses looking for a GIS solution. AIMS offers services including map production, custom enterprise-level application development, and data development. The Address Web Service allows developers to search, validate and geocode against the Johnson County master address database. If a user finds an address, they can also lookup the tax property ID and its tax unit. Methods are including to give users all the valid cities, zip codes, street types, street directions, unit designators, and street names used in the county. The API uses SOAP protocol and responses are formatted in XML.

Chitika API: Chitika is a user targeting ad network. It provides services to developers to enhance the revenue capacity of websites and applications. The Chitika API is REST based and returns only JSON. It allows users to add a Chitika map to websites which includes ad pins, or add phone numbers to ads that generate revenue based a per call basis not a per click basis. An API key is required for use.

CORDC COAMPS Winds Model API: The service from the U.S. Coastal Observing Research and Development Center (CORDC) provides current estimates of wind conditions for locations along and near U.S. coastlines. For a specified location, it reports both current and forecasted values for wind speed and direction, along with related weather conditions such as barometric pressure, temperature, sea level and pressure, etc.

API methods support retrieval of wind data for a location specified by either latitude and longitude or geographic boundaries. Methods also provide general meteorological data for ocean conditions, atmospheric pressure, ambient temperature, and related values.

CORDC HFRADAR Maps API: The service provides access to data for high-frequency radar (HFRADAR) vectors to be incorporated with mapping applications based on the Google Maps API. Data come from buoy sensors maintained by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The service provides access to input from this network, formatted to display on Google Maps.

API methods support specification of location and time frame, along with many other variables relevant to displaying the data as map images. Specifications provide control of image zoom, opacity, and color scale, for example. Resulting images show conditions detected by weather radar at a wide range of resolutions for coastal locations monitored by NOAA.

MyHurricane API: MyHurricane allows users to track current and past hurricanes and typhoons. The MyHurricane API enables users to add the the same map and tracking data to websites and mobile applications. The API is Javascript and free to use. requires that its logo remain on the widget once installed.

Swiss Public Transport API: Swiss public timetable data may be utilized to build applications to map stations, arrival times, and to plan routes and establish travel connections. This information can be used for transmitting data by means of the web, the desktop, or for mobile applications. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

Viking Spots API: VikingSpots provides map-based, user-generated recommendations for businesses and other places, and provides businesses a platform for advertising and deal creation. The Vikingspots API allows 3rd party developers to access the platform to create initiatives and applications.

Intech IQ Hosted API: Intech is a provider of information quality software for businesses of all sizes. Their IQ Office suite is a solution to help with information transformation, validation, standardisation, matching and integration of a wide array of data sources, both in batch mode as well as in real-time at the point of data capture.

As part of the IQ Office suite, the IQ Hosted Web Service is a web based address validation and geographic coding solution used for cleaning addresses and adding geographic information. The API uses SOAP protocol and responses are formatted in XML. Full documentation is available to customers.

NOAA GOES SEM API: The service provides download access to data from the Space Environment Monitory (SEM) service from the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) of the U.S. National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA). Available data include lists of locations monitored by the service, metadata about the locations, and actual satellite monitoring data. Applications can import SEM data for further analysis and processing.

API methods support retrieval of descriptions of the data structure provided by SEM, including field names, descriptions, data formats, minimum and maximum values, etc. Methods also support retrieval of the monitoring data itself, giving the specific satellite and time-stamped sensor readings. The API gives access to specifications for the locations monitored, as well.

NOAA GOES Solar X-Ray Imager API: The service provides download access to data from the Solar X-ray Imager (SXI) service from the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) of the U.S. National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA). It provides search against an archive of processed or unprocessed images, which applications can download in a selection of file formats.

API methods support specification of the image type (raw or processed data and output file format) along with varied parameters such as the satellite number that generated the image, the sort of solar phenomenon documented, filter wavelength, and the time the image was generated as well as the exposure time.

The web service response contains a bunch of URLs that point to the SXI images. Users can choose to view the images, download a copy to their local machine or process the images using external software. The response is returned in the format specified by the users while constructing the HTTP request URL. The supported response formats include XML, JSON (JavaScript Object Notation), Text and HTML. The HTTP request URL works well in a browser, on a command line and in a program code.

ShopLocal API: ShopLocal provides brand promotional management, including services such as circular distribution and geographically specific advertising. The ShopLocal API allows developers to display advertising and in-store content within their applications. Documentation is available with login.

- Programmable Web

Published Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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