APIng big media

A tidbit in a Guardian blog ponders a new trend — APIs — in big media. In the next few weeks, notes blogger Jemima Kiss, The New York Times API “will make the whole website “programmable, organisable”, adding layer of mash-ups to NYTimes content,” while Telegraph.co.uk and guardian.co.uk are also in the game.

“There’s an overwhelming amount of content to mine on news
sites, but the challenge is knowing which parts are the most valuable
for users and advertisers,” notes Kiss, suggesting an API will help solve this.  Fortunately for non-tech savvy people like me, she includes a beginner’s guide link that explains what an API is.