Learning about APIs

This afternoon I learned about APIs (application programming interfaces). For real. Before, I’ve read about them, read around them, seen many references to them–but never quite got what they are or how they work. So we asked one of the UConn library web developers to give us an introduction.¬†One helpful introduction is Europeana.eu’s discussion of APIs, which we looked at a little bit. Then we got some data (from Europeana), loaded it into Open Refine, and played with it.

API data from Europeana
Screenshot of API data from Europeana
Screen shot of Open Refine with Europeana data
Screen shot of Open Refine with Europeana data