data around the web for use in hacks.
an application programming interface (API) specifies how software components interact with each other. this interaction is often in the form of web services. integrating with an API makes it possible to retrieve data that is up-to-date and maintained in one place.
some of the services listed here require registration to access. this may be because they wish to limit the number of requests, or that there are particular licensing terms. please pay attention to the licensing for each particular service. licensing will not be detailed here as it may be subject to change.
services providing bibliographic data.
three services provided: thingISBN, thingTitle and thingLang. a web services API also provides full developer access to librarything data.
full access to comic wiki content via an API.
APIs exposing data about other collections.
significant portions of the Library's digitized collections are available as machine-readable data: over one million objects and records for you to search, crawl and compute.
the internet archive provides an advanced search for web archives, video, texts, and software.
XML RSS JSON
data describing the collections and catalogues of national and research libraries in 48 countries.
an interface giving full and searchable remote access to all of the europeana collection data.
search over 70 UK and Irish academic national & specialist library catalogues
web service interfaces for the library catalogues and other online library services.
APIs dealing with data about libraries.
services that provide national specific collection data.
programmatic access to the metadata and some full text. holds over 400 million books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives from the national library of Australia.
API (and documentation) for digital public library of america data.
the british national bibliography published as open data, and available to query as a SPARQL endpoint.
RDF XML JSON HTML
not library related but useful in many projects, address data can be hard to find that isn't restricted.
postcode and geolocation API for the UK. free, open source, and based solely on open data.
a crowd-sourced open address uk database compiling free address information and submitted data.
a geocoding (and reverse geocoding) API using open street map data.
useful for looking up places (towns, cities, wards, authorities) and returning geo-location data.