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All About Open APIs and Their Impact on Big Data

  • updated 1 yr ago

An API or Application Programming Interface in computer science is a set of classes, methods, functions, and constants that act as a facade to allow the software to provide services to other software.

What is an open API?

An open API is an API available free of charge and freely via the Internet. Tech giants such as Google and Yahoo offer many open APIs for example for weather forecasting or traffic management. The Google Maps API is operated by many third parties like Uber.

Likewise, a startup can develop software in-house and then offer it as an open API. Third parties will then be able to access this software and use it as they see fit, respecting the conditions set by the startup. In general, open APIs are not subject to any conditions.

The company that creates and delivers the API benefits from advertising its products and services while retaining ownership of the source code. In turn, users can take advantage of API functionality without having to develop software in-house from scratch. Everyone is therefore a winner.
It is possible to access many public APIs on platforms such as Any-API, or ProgrammableWeb API Directory. Likewise, NASA offers a large number of open APIs.

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