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Eldis open api presentation

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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.

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Eldis open api presentation

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

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