I am putting together a tutorial on how to build APIs and I was curious if there are any open data sets that do not have an API attached to it.

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    On what topic? The web is full of datasets.
    – Thomas
    Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 0:06
  • pretty much anything. The tutorial is aimed at programmers and non-programmers to show how easy it is to turn a large data set into an API. Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 0:15
  • What do you qualify as 'no-API'? There are libraries and toolkits for working with existing formats. Eg, so that you can interface w/ CSV data without having to write the CSV parsing yourself. If you're looking for data that's available as an existing web service, this may not suffice as an API (and thus, what you're looking for)
    – Joe
    Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 18:50

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Another option would be to look at the datasets registered to a US government agency on Data.gov and then contract that list against known APIs from that agency.

So - for instance, filter for datasets from the US Department of Transportation on Data.gov and compare that list against the APIs listed for the Department of Transportation on this page (Cmd/Ctrl+F for 'Federal Aviation Administration' and start there).

Disclaimer: I am Sr. API Strategist at the General Services Administration.

  • Very nice idea!
    – Thomas
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 7:53

ICPSR at the University of Michigan has a bunch of social science-type datasets, which might work for you.


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