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For questions related to application programming interfaces. Use 'api-request' instead if you're looking for an API that provides specific open data.

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Open API for nutritional information and/or food barcodes?

I've seen many applications (mobile and web) that use a database of nutritional information and barcodes to track daily food consumption. Smartphones have the ability to scan barcodes, and many mobile ...
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Is there a list of all US Government agencies and sub agencies and is it available via API?

Specifically I'm looking for: Agency canonical names Agency abbreviature/acronym Hierarchy of agencies e.g. Census Bureau is part of Department of Commerce Agency logos Website/social media accounts ...
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Open API for SEC data?

Is there any free API for programmatically grabbing SEC filing data, such as company financials or insider trading? It seems ironic that the EDGAR search gives you information in a nice tabular form, ...
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Are there any open datasets for soccer statistics?

I'm mainly interested in soccer related statistics. There are quite a few different API's relating to soccer, but most of them are commercial and far, far out of my price range. I've looked at DBpedia,...
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Is there an open API for world terrain data?

I'm looking for open-source or publicly-available terrain data, for instance heightmaps or DEMs -- ideally GeoTIFFS by way of an easy-to-use API. For instance: you pass a pair of lat/longs and maybe a ...
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Open downloadable recipe database?

I'm interested in doing some analysis of recipes for fun. Ideally, I would like to obtain open recipe database(s) behind {foodily, allrecipes, recipes, bigoven, cooking, cooks}.com or something like ...
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Is there an official/complete list of all US government agency “developers' pages”?

The FCC's developers page happens to have a sidebar linking to many other US government agencies' developers pages, APIs, etc. It's a handy list, but I assume the FCC hosts it only out of the goodness ...
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U.S. City and County Web Data (API)

Are there any websites that have basic City and County information for the U.S.?
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Is there a list, database or API that contains the URLs for United States city and town websites?

I'm looking for a database of URLs for every official city and town website. Ideally this list would be up to date and maintained. Freebase has some of the results and we have every city and town in ...
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Are there free APIs for searching news articles that I can use to collect trend data in news coverage?

I am working on a data-visualization web application that looks at trends in American news media coverage over time. It takes a keyword (or keywords), a date range, and a time increment as parameters ...
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Which real-time open data APIs do you know?

As far as I can tell open data is mostly offered as some kind of file download, that contains the complete data set. I'm aware of some Web services, e. g. World Bank API, that allow you to feed a ...
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Should data APIs require registration and API keys?

When publishing a data API, there seems to be a conflict between requiring a user to sign-up for an API key and the principal of open access. What is best practice in publishing an open data API ...
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What is the most comprehensive resource for querying french and english books having an ISBN code?

I would like to know if a repository of all known ISBN exists; either a worldwide database, or per country. If there is no such downloadable database, among all the available API's for querying ...
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Open database APIs for journal article metadata

Are there any openly-accessible databases for searching journal article metadata? I’m particularly looking for abstracts, citation data, and subjects/tags/fields-of-study information. I’m looking for ...
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Dataset of major newspapers content

I'm looking for the materials of major newspapers, such as The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Economist. A random sample of their articles or headlines would suffice, but each newspaper has ...
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Is there an exoplanet API or dataset?

I am looking for an API or dataset that has information about the known exoplanets. The properties of this dataset would include things like mass, orbital period, atmosphere, temperature, etc.
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Large list of quotes

I am looking for a large database / list of quotes I can use. Preferably famous quotes / quotes by famous people. I have tried looking for a brainyquote API or something, but couldn't find one. If ...
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How to get the name of a Wikidata item

Let's say I have a Wikidata item QID Q19675, and want to get the name of that item in Spanish. While getting a property like P281 postal code is easy, how to get the name, which for some reason is ...
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Converting Geographic Coordinates to New York City neighboorhood names

Does anyone know of a simple tool, method or dataset to enable someone to convert geographic coordinates to New York City neighborhood names? At the very least, it would be good to map a dataset to ...
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FedBizopps Raw Data - API

I'm trying to locate the raw data from FedBizOpps or an API to the daily information. On their site they provide a link, but the page is a 404. Is there a way to download all active electronic ...
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How to get soccer players Wikipedia URL?

I'd like to grab as many soccer players names and their Wikipedia URL. For example: "David Beckham": 'David_Beckham', "Wayne Rooney": 'Wayne_Rooney' The first portion is their name and the second is ...
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Is there an open data api or service for dates of official government holidays?

Is there a service or Open API that exists out there for providing the dates of existing holidays in the US including observed holidays? Unfortunately, from my google searches I've just found a paid ...
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Publishing Weather Data under Creative Commons / Peer Production License

I am from a volunteer at FSHM (Free Software Hardware Movement, Puducherry, India). As a part of our community project, we have been working on building a weather station using Freedom Hardware. We ...
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Is there an API for searching the US Copyright database?

I was pointed to this StackExchange from Twitter -- I'm wondering if there's any kind of stable/published API for accessing the Copyright data exposed over here. As it is, it's not incredibly ...
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A web API user's guide for free and open data

There are many web-based Application Programming Interfaces (API) that allow data-hungry people to get their hands on all sorts of data. It's a great way to collect data as-needed, instead of looking ...
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Public domain paintings database

I'm looking for an API that would allow me to get a lot of painting on the public domain. For example, Google's art project contains a lot of what I am looking for, but you can't easily download ...
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IP Geocoding Data Sources and/or APIs

I am looking for IP address to geocoding data sources and/or APIs. Open to any formats, and the main concern is the quality, depth, and freshness of the data.
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Is there a source for various Scrabble dictionaries?

There are some individually maintained lists for some Scrabble dictionaries, and some websites for looking up words in those dictionaries: SOWPODS list: https://raw.github.com/jmlewis/valett/master/...
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Where can I find a REST API of stars and constellations?

I'm looking for an open REST API to make ocasional queries of stars and constellations. Concretly I'm looking for getting the right ascension and declination of the most important stars of a few ...
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How can I register a new API key for api.data.gov programatically?

UPDATE: The government generously increased the API request limit to 1,000 per IP per hour. This question is now obsolete. api.data.gov allows for up to 1,000 API requests per user per hour, which is ...
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What would be particularly useful basic APIs for the US Federal Government to offer?

There are already certain basic APIs for census tracts, school districts, energy costs, a range of geo data, zip codes, etc. What I'm wondering is what would be other fundamental web services that ...
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Social Networks other than facebook and twitter that allow access to their data to developers?

I am looking for social networks, other than Facebook and Twitter, that offer their API to developers, for free. Which other social networks allow developers to crawl data? What kind of restrictions ...
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Soccer leagues/teams/players API

I wanted to know if anyone knows of a website that provides free information related to various soccer leagues. I am creating a C# application. I'm interested in the following: table each league ...
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Is there a database that provides lengths of books?

I want to test some hypotheses regarding the length of books and their review distributions. I imagine if the data exists, it probably records the number of pages per book, but words would be ideal. ...
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What are the standards for data in terms of Open APIs?

Update: It appears there have been two directions in terms of answering this question. Data interchange (ex. HTTP, FTP, P2P), and data formatting (ex. JSON, XML, CSV). My original question was about ...
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Is there an API for the Oscars/Academy Awards that lists past winners as well as current nominees?

I'm not looking for a page scraper but an actual API I can use that returns (preferably) JSON or XML. An example would be a request to return all the nominees for Best Picture in 2014. The Oscar site ...
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API giving ships positions for the whole world

shipAIS has a great database and web interface showing what ships are in a particular area: Unfortunately, it is limited to North Europe. Is there a similar database for ships in the whole world? ...
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Looking for geo localization data of golf courses

I'm looking for free geo localization data of world wide golf courses. I can easily parse and store this information from several specialized websites... But I would like to find another way to get it ...
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Is there an API or global database for sports events that is used by famous sports websites?

I'm trying to know whether websites like this one Example for sports website connect to a global database or use an API to get each transaction that happens in sports events like goals, fouls, .. etc ...
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Does data stored in Mendeley qualify as open data?

I am curious as to what makes a database open. Specifically, on another SE site I have been in discussions with a developer at Mendeley (a reference manager and social network) about whether it ...
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Geospatial, temporal and keyword search using CKAN API on data.gov using ckanclient

Thanks to this answer , I can successfully use the python ckanclient package to search data.gov for "sea_water_temperature": import ckanclient q = 'tags:sea_water_temperature' ckan = ckanclient....
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Are there any APIs that find the shortest sea distance between two points, given the latitude and longitude?

Searching online turns up websites like this one, which can return the shortest over-water distance between two ports, but I'm looking for something more general. Are there APIs or datasets that would ...
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Census API data across superior geographies

I am trying to populate a GeoJSON layer of blockgroups in Leaflet with attribute data pulled live from the Census API. My GeoJSON has the full FIPS code for the blockgroups as an attribute. That is, ...
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Large bibliographic database of research papers

I'm currently working on a project for University and need to source a free and open database of scientific research papers to work on, the larger the better. It also needs to contain bibliographic ...
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API to get Wikimedia Commons categories that are near a particular latitude/longitude

I have a coordinate, and I want to know what Commons categories are nearby. For instance, for 40.7576,-73.9857 I would get Category:Times Square and probably Category:Broadway and a few others nearby....
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Get season statistics for NFL players

So as the title suggests I'm trying to retrieve NFL stats for players. I've found that Wikipedia has a quite extensive statistics panel for a lot of players (i.e Tom Brady https://en.wikipedia.org/...
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Data on hurricanes?

As a programmer and meteorology enthusiast, I'd love to be able to get latitude/longitude of tropical storms/hurricanes (specifically in the Atlantic). Does anyone know of websites that can provide ...
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Macro Indicators of Economic Data by ZIP Codes or Cities in the US

I am looking for a tabular (preferably) dataset or a website's API that contains the economic data of zip codes, counties or cities in the US. This dataset has to go back at least to 2003 (it's not ...