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In May of 2012 I first came across the APIs from the University of Washington. I was impressed with how organized their approach to delivering campus APIs was. Their IT department does a great job on the presentation of their APIs, why they are important and makes them inclusive to everyone.

Using the Universities of Washington's web services, anyone on campus can learn, discover and connect to 29 separate University APIs. Its great to see that a University is trying to create a single directory of all University web services, and even has an API suggestion service where students and faculty can submit and vote on ideas for new, useful campus APIs.

With the volatility of school funding, online learning and just overall competition in higher ed, Universities need to start noticing of the transformative powers of APIs, and how it can make University operations more transparent, accessible and nimble, and potentially even save money when it comes to empowering the students themselves to build interfaces for accessing vital University information.

Recently, folks at UC Berkeley contacted me about their API program, with lots of ideas of what they would like to see. As I do in other sectors, I want to help profile the best API approaches across Universities and provide blueprints for other universities to follow.

This University research project will profile the efforts of various University API programs as well as provide news, analysis and other resources that people can follow when working to get traction with APIs at their own school.

Where Do We Start With APIs At The University of Oklahoma?

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I’m dedicating more time lately to research how APIs are being used at universities, and a couple months back I published my first white paper on using APIs in higher education. As I do with other sectors, I would like to shed light on how APIs are being used at universities, and potentially share best practices, and stories between higher educational institutions, amplifying the positive effects of APIs. My efforts are beginning to pay off, and I was recently contacted by two friends, Mark Morvant (@MarkMorvant) and Adam Croom (@acroom), at the University of Oklahoma. They had seen my University research, more.

Hack/Reduce partners with state, universities for big-data ambassador program | BetaBoston

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When Cort Johnson made the move from Terrible Labs to Atlas Venture, some wondered what his specific role at the venture capital firm might be.With the launch of hack/reduce’s “College Ambassador Program,” that becomes a little more clear.Johnson will spearhead the initiative to connect hack/reduce, the MassTech Collaborative, and local colleges and universities in order to build a robust big-data community and mentor the potential leaders of the next generation of big-data companies.The program plans to have two students designated as hack/reduce big-data ambassadors on the campus of a number of Boston-area schools.The ambassadors’ role will be to promote more.

Thank You For Your API Evangelist Blog(s)

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I get quite a few nice comments about my blog(s) behind the scenes. Many are from the enterprise or insttutions, where I know I could never get away with publishing publicly. As the APi space has heated up in 2014, more people are trying to make sense of this API mayhem, and ultimately they come across my blog, and find  valuable information that really helps them in their journey. I have been considering adding a page, listing some of the kind words I get from folks--maybe I will someday, but today I received a nice email, one I couldn't more.