Nice summary post from Kin Lane over at Programmable Web about Yellow Pages Group in Canada and their emerging developer ecosystem (digisystem?) built around their YellowAPI. This is the way things are going and sure worth a nod to YPG Canada (Yellow Media, Inc.) in showing leadership here. Still have some concerns over the amount of control exerted in the use of the API. Need to be approved by a selection committee to use the API for example. Somewhat at odds with more open approaches but somewhat understandable. The availability of resources to assist in development from design to beta funding is encouraging. A primary concern is with the richness of the results from the API calls. Looks like you can only provide a search term and get the basic business data back. Doesn’t look like there is any access to more structured results or additional keywords. Have been kicking around putting a track together with a colleague for a conference on these emerging Local digital ecosystems and their APIs. Something with both a technical and a business dimension to it. Be interested to see if you’d be interested in something like that.
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