[Humanist] 27.574 the lie of the API

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 574.
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        Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:40:07 +0100
        From: Seth van Hooland <svhoolan at ulb.ac.be>
        Subject: The lie of the API


Dear all,

As many within the Digital Humanities enthusiastically develop custom APIs to facilitate an automated access to metadata and/or content, you might find it useful to read the blogpost "The lie of the API" by my colleague and co-author Ruben Verborgh:

http://ruben.verborgh.org/blog/2013/11/29/the-lie-of-the-api

With the help of practical examples from Europeana, DPLA and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, both bad and good practices are illustrated. This blog post can help to dissuade DH project managers from not getting trapped into the multi-API fallacy. 

Kind regards,

Seth van Hooland
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