Data Source Handbook by Pete Warden

By Pete Warden

If you're a developer seeking to complement your personal information instruments and companies, this concise book covers the main worthwhile resources of public facts to be had this day. You'll locate worthwhile details on APIs that provide extensive assurance, tie their info to the skin global, and are both obtainable on-line or characteristic downloadable bulk facts. You'll additionally locate code and useful links.

This consultant organizes APIs by way of the themes they cover—such as web pages, humans, or places—so you could fast find the easiest assets for augmenting the knowledge you deal with on your personal provider. different types include:

site instruments resembling WHOIS,, and Compete
companies that use e-mail addresses as seek phrases, together with Github
discovering info from only a identify, with APIs resembling WhitePages
prone, reminiscent of Klout, for finding individuals with fb and Twitter accounts
seek APIs, together with BOSS and Wikipedia
Geographical information resources, together with SimpleGeo and U.S. Census
corporation details APIs, akin to CrunchBase and ZoomInfo
APIs that checklist IP addresses, similar to MaxMind
prone that checklist books, motion pictures, track, and products

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It also comes bundled with a set of APIs for a lot of different languages that make it easy to do the IP to location lookup from within your own programs. GeoLite City also offers a richer commercial data set that you can drop into a system using the free files, without requiring any code changes. 26 | Data Source Handbook Infochimps Taking the geolocation idea a step further, Infochimps offers up demographic information on the area that a visitor is living in. It appears to rely on US Census data, since it returns only language information for other countries.

Txt to ensure that it’s still permissible, but currently it’s open to this sort of use, though I don’t know of any open source examples showing how to do it. Google Shopping Like Amazon’s, this API has been designed to support websites that want to display products to their visitors in the hope of benefiting from affiliate fees. As such, its terms of service prohibit “scraping, database building, or the creation of permanent copies” of the information you retrieve. key=&\ country=US&q=digital+camera" {"kind": "shopping#products", ...

If you’re only working in a more limited geographic region, you may want to look at the Cloudmade extracts, which contain subsets for different areas and attributes. MaxMind This is one of the simplest but most useful data sets for geographic applications. 7 million cities and towns around the world. It has the latitude and longitude coordinates, region, country, and alternate names for all of them, and the population for many thanks to Stefan Helder’s data. You can just load this file into your favorite database, index by the key you want to query on, and you’ve got a perfectly workable local service for working with addresses and other locations: ...

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