APIs and Toolsets

Before anyone even arrives at Slapton, it’s likely you’ll have an idea of what you’d like to build, or at least start with.  To that end, we have here collated a list of the APIs, data sets and development tools we would like to have available to hackers at the site.  Please feel free to post requests for APIs or suggestions for additional ones in the replies below- we’ll keep this page updated.


British Geological Survey Open Geoscience Data  A free service where you can view maps, download photographs and other information.  We encourage non-commercial users to use OpenGeoscience material free of charge for private study, research and educational activities.

Ordnance Survey OpenSpace Mapping Data OS OpenSpace is a free service that allows you to embed our maps, covering the whole of Great Britain, into your web applications that are free to consumers. OS OpenSpace uses our JavaScript application programming interface (API) and does not include any advertising in the maps.

Pachube (pronounced Patch Bay)  Pachube connects people to devices, applications, and the Internet of Things. As a web-based service built to manage the world’s real-time data, Pachube gives people the power to share, collaborate, and make use of information generated from the world around them.

Sen.Se   an open platform for all those who want to imagine, prototype and test new Devices, Installations, Scenarios, Applications for this globally interconnected and immersive world. Designers, developers, tinkerers, students, hobbyists, R&D departments, artists, self quantifiers, dataviz maniacs, whatever your skills are, we tried to make Open.Sen.se easy to use and yet powerful for you.   (a little bit Beta)

Data.Gov.Uk is a central directory of all the UK Government’s open data services and APIs (which they know about).  Broen down by department and subject it potentially includes quite a few data sets that would be handy for the FSC Hack, such as the Future Flows Climate Data from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the Coastal Overview data from the Environment Agency.  If specific data sets are of interest here please let us know and we willapproach the suppliers for additional support.

Development Tools

WalkExplorer from Kenjun WalkBuilder is a web-based system that helps people create walks and walk-based games for the iPhone with no programming knowledge required. Wasim from Kenjun will be on hand to give details on the toolkit, and has very generously donated a set of development licenses for the tool.

AppFurnace from Calvium  Design your app with our easy-to-use page layout tool and library of customisable components. Immediately try out your app online or on a real phone. Make your app do whatever you want using our JavaScript editor and extensive library of copy-and-paste examples. Build your app once, publish for iPhone & Android

GitHub is a web based software and documentation ‘version control’ system with an integrated issue tracker, that’s available for free.  It’s widely used and very popular, and we could, potentially, use it to manage code shared across the whole event.  Other, similar tools do exist though, and suggestions for alternatives are welcome.


One Response to APIs and Toolsets

  1. Andy Piper says:

    Cloud Foundry http://cloudfoundry.com can offer platform-as-a-service hosting for free (Java, Ruby and Node apps). Go to https://my.cloudfoundry.com/signup/hack to sign up before the event so you’ll get a login.

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