Tag: apis

  • Learning in hallways (with APIs)

    I can’t let Clay Shirky’s piece, Napster, Udacity and the Academy, go un-commented-on: Open systems are open. For people used to dealing with institutions that go out of their way to hide their flaws, this makes these systems look terrible at first. But anyone who has watched a piece of open source software improve, or […]

  • The Edinburgh Festivals API: a case study in innovation

    I was the inaugural Geek in Residence at the Edinburgh Festivals Innovation Lab, working with Rohan Gunatillake and the Edinburgh Festivals on open data and digital accessibility. Here’s a video from Rudman Consulting for AmbiTIon Scotland about the Festivals API portion of the project:

  • httpID: adding identity to standard HTTP requests

    This is a more technical post than I’ve been writing lately. I’m considering splitting out into two blog channels; let me know if you’d prefer this. This is a request for comments and ideas. Please let me know what you think in the comments. Thanks! One of the advantages of the decentralized social web, as […]

  • The Open Stack and truly open APIs

    The following is an expanded version of the short talk I gave in Oxford yesterday. My original slides follow the transcript. There‚Äôs a new kind of web development afoot, which marries old-school object-orientated programming techniques with the distributed power of the web. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are published sets of instructions for programmatically querying or […]