Where: John Jay College
Lloyd Sealy Library Classroom
899 10th Ave., New York, NY 10019
December 13, 2016, 10am - 12:30pm
Librarians looking to do scholarly research are often on the hunt for a good data set. While many of us are comfortable using surveys, focus groups and other techniques to gather data, we often overlook another data source hiding in plain sight: APIs. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)are interfaces that allow developers to write code that interacts with a service. Whether it’s OCLC, Twitter, Primo or any number of other services, these APIs exist to help developers. But often there is also a great deal of interesting data lurking in APIs, waiting to be put to interesting use by researchers.
This workshop will look at several example APIs. We’ll query those APIs to see what is returned, and poke around for interesting data in the results. We’ll also try to get that data into a manageable format for research, like CSV. The goal of the session will not be to write code (although we will do a bit of that), but to extract interesting data from some target APIs as easily as possible.