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How would you use a NASA API?

9 Oct 2012, 19:53 UTC
How would you use a NASA API?
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One of the major focuses of President Obama’s Digital Strategy is to encourage the development and use of API’s for service delivery from government agencies. For those of you who are unfamiliar with API’s, this Quora thread provides a good description. In short, API’s provide an interface for machines to talk with each other. A good example would be the Disqus comments openNASA uses. By plugging in to their API, we are able to offer their commenting mechanism on our site. Simple, right?API’s offer a lot of promise for NASA. We gather a lot of data – about 15 Terabytes per day! That means we brought down almost 2 gigabytes in just the time it took you to read this sentence. Future missions like Destiny could collected 24 Terabytes per day all on their own. As Nick outlined last week, as we collect more and more data, figuring out the best way to distribute, use, and reuse the data becomes more and more difficult. API’s are one way we can significantly lower the barrier of entry to people from outside NASA being able to manipulate and access our public information.We’re just getting started with APIs, our biggest being the open ...

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