An introduction to APIs

Birmingham City University will deliver a three hour workshop titled ‘An Introduction to APIs’.

An overview:

Data, although great, isn’t enough on its own. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are the guidelines that allow applications to talk to one another, making use of the available data. The use of APIs has been growing exponentially over the last decade to make data accessible, understood and shareable. For example, in the case of transport, APIs can be used for mapping transit routes and factoring in real-time data on desired destinations, estimated travel times, pricing, details of last-minute route alterations, traffic congestion and service cancellations.

An API is a set of programming instructions and standards for accessing a web-based software application or web tools. Software companies release their APIs to the public so that other software developers can design products that are powered by their services.

What will I gain from attending:

If you’re looking to learn about APIs for Open Data management, then this is the right course for you. In this workshop participants will learn all about APIs – what are they and how to get started using them. This is an introductory level course that will walk through what it takes for companies to link their systems together.

Learn how to take advantage of all the great APIs out there, starting with a focus on Open Data access APIs to help you power up your business quickly.

Who should attend:

  • Small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
  • Social enterprises
  • Charities
  • Not-for-profit organisations

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