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Presentation on the Elids open API project given at the Marketplace for techies session at the 4th I-K-Mediary workshop in Bangladesh, January 2011.

Presentation on the Elids open API project given at the Marketplace for techies session at the 4th I-K-Mediary workshop in Bangladesh, January 2011.

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  • For instance, APIs let you grab statistics from a website and use them on your own website. That way one does not have to access individually other websites, but can instantly combine data from different websites (Source: www.web2fordev.net).

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  • 1. IDS Open API project
  • 2. What is an Open API?
    • API stands for ‘Application Program Interface’
    • An API provides a mechanism by which two software programs can communicate and even access or exchange data with each other. 
    • APIs allow data exchange between websites, applications and organizations, while the data source remains in the same place.  (Source: www.web2fordev.net).  
    • APIs are more flexible and powerful than RSS feeds.
  • 3. What is a mashup?
    • Applications built using APIs are commonly called ‘mashups’ – combine data and functionality from different programmes.  
    • Mashups (usually) are about:
    • Combination
    • Visualization
    • Aggregation
    • In a mashup, the emphasis is on making already existing data more useful.
  • 4.  
  • 5.  
  • 6. Why is IDS building an Open API?
    • to allow other people/organisations to utilise our data
    • to allow others to contextualise our data within their own services and contexts
    • to allow cross-platform interaction, e.g. mobile platforms, off-line applications
    • to entice other organisations with Southern–produced content to open up their data
  • 7. Where have we got to so far?
    • Scoping and technical development phases done
    • Initial version designed for mobiles (mostly) working
    • … and what is happening in the coming months?
    • Rollout and promotion of version 1.0
    • Funding development of Open Source CMS plugins
    • Funding awards for most innovative use
    • And perhaps…providing our data for your portal?!
  • 8. Questions / feedback?
    • Thanks for listening…to hear more about the Open API
    • project please email: [email_address]
  • 9. IDS Open API - screenshots