API Stack Research

I have looked at thousands of APIs conducting my API lifecycle research over the last seven years. Many of these APIs aren't worth noting, but the ones that are get included in my API Stack research, where I dive deeper into understanding the common building blocks of their operations, and spend more time profiling their APIs, and supporting operations.

You will find that I tend to study and research APIs I find interesting, or are beneficial to the world of technology. I tend to give equal time understanding organizational, instutions, government agencies, as well as the startups, SMB, SME, and enterprises that seem to dominate the conversation. While I do invest considerable resources in API definitions and discovery, and provide a rich catalog, I'm more interested in this work feeding my wider research and storytelling over actually being an API search engine or directory.

Stack

The API Stack is an interactive, published list of companies that I'm watching in the API space. I regularly go through my list of companies in my CRM and high grade them, and promote or demote them on my monitoring list. The API Stack is meant to be a reflection of this research, published in a way that others can browse, and fork.

Federal Government

This is where I hang the general work I do in federal government. I have been working to understand the digital, open data and API strategy across angencies for several years, before I started working on specific agencies. You will find anything that spans across agencies here.

City Government

Tracking on how APIs are being used by city governments around the globe. In the US a handful of cities are actively adopting API practices and I'm looking to aggregate relevant news, analysis, technology and approaches in a single research project.

University

My tracking on how APIs are being used in education across universities. This is one project area that overlaps with my girlfriends (@audreywatters) work on Hack Education. I'm looking to understand who the key insitutions are, what they are up to by aggregating news, analysis, companies and technology in a single project.

Healthcare

My tracking on how APIs are being used in healthcare. I'm looking to understand who the key players are, and what they are up to by aggregating news, analysis, companies and technology in a single research project.

Automobile

My research into the opportunities for APIs in the automobile, ranging from our personal vehicles, to rental cars and commercial fleets. I'm looking to understand who the key players are, what they are up to as well as where the opportunities lie.

Education

My tracking on how APIs are being used in education across elementary, secondary and pos-secondary. This is one project area that overlaps with my girlfriends (@audreywatters) work on Hack Education. I'm looking to understand who the key players are, what they are up to by aggregating news, analysis, companies and technology in a single project.

Library

My tracking on how APIs are being used in libraries. I'm looking to understand who the key players are, and what they are up to by aggregating news, analysis, companies and technology in a single research project.

Home

My research into the opportunities for APIs in our homes. I'm looking to understand who the key players are, what they are up to as well as where the opportunities lie when it comes to Internet enabled homes and the devices we depend on.

Drones

Drones were coming up in my monitoring so much, I had to start tracking on it. While not completely API related (yet), drones represent one possible dystopian universe for the whole Internet of Things API expansion. I'm betting that very few folks opt for API layers in their drone operations. Well, not APIs as we know them in the public space. They will use APIs, and try to remain as secretive as possible, but like many other layers of the IoT space, their APIs will become their achilles heel. This is purely a monitoring channel for me, so I can keep a close eye on the Drone space, and try to understand what is going on.

Financial News

I started doing research into the news space, and quickly carved off a number of platforms that were specific just to financial data, and more specifically financial news. After I profiled the news API space I began doing the same for financial news providers, but quickly found that most of them did not meet my standard for an API. It doesn't take much to make my list. I showcase some pretty poor APIs, but when I started through the financial news API providers, more APIs got cut then made the list.

SMS

SMS owes more to the telecom industry, and mobile phones, more than the API space, but when it comes to reducing valuable assets to its smallest possible unit of value, the SMS space is well suited for evolution via the API. I think think that are many lessons for API providers when it comes to the SMS API space, and I enjoy spending time research how companies are innovating when it comes to the SMS, using APIs.

MMS

MMS for me can't be evaluated without looking at side by side with SMS. SMS is the evolution of messaging as a doorway to the Internet that I mention in my SMS research, with images, video, and audio files providing an experience that mobile users can access, and share with their networks. Like SMS, MMS is an essential compost of not just mobile, but now because of MMS APIs also the web, and Internet of Things experience, employing MMS as a transport.

Email

I find the email API space a fascinating area to research when it comes to APIs. If you think about it, email APIs are kind of ironic, because email is based upon some pretty solid standards like SMTP, POP, and IMAP, where APIs are nothing more than just a philosophy, and a kind of wild west when it comes to standardization. Yet you see some pretty interesting approaches to providing email infrastructure which employs, and often resemble the email standards, but put web APIs to work to actually do the heavy lifting.

My API Stack

This is where I track on the APIs that I depend on. "

Photos

This is a research project dedicated to mapping out platforms that offer photo APIs, allowing users to put valuable photo API data, content, and other resources to work in any application or system.

Each of these projects exists on Github, and can be forked, or integrated with directly via the YAML and JSON data stores that drive each area of my research.