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NPR, the API and OSCON 2009

by Daniel Jacobson
Aug 11, 2009

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It has been more than a year since NPR released our API and formally announced it at OSCON 2008. A lot has happened since that initial release. Among other things, NPR extended the original release with enhancements like our Station Finder API, Mix Your Own Podcast and Full Transcript API. We also added great new content, including Fresh Air, StoryCorps and extending our MP3 repository by adding more than 150,000 new MP3 files to the API.

In addition to these enhancements, the API has made a lot of progress in reaching new audiences. A wide range of NPR stations are making more extensive use of the API, including WBUR's new site, Minnesota Public Radio's new site and North Country Public Radio, among others. Meanwhile, other users in the general public have created fantastic mashups including NPR Addict (for the iPhone), NPR Backstory, code wrappers in Ruby and Perl, as well as many other mashups and widgets.

Equally important to NPR is how we have taken advantage of the API. Not only are we using the API extensively with partnerships, it is the foundation of the new NPR web site. Moreover, we extended our content management tools to enable content producers to add API feeds to any story or aggregation page on the site without any developer intervention.

At OSCON 2009, two weeks ago, Adam presented these details as well as usage statistics, the future of the API and more. Here is a copy of the slides from that presentation:

Click here to view the presentation (requires Adobe Acrobat)

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