Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
We don’t often post about general APIs. I let John Musser handle that on Programmable Web, but this one strikes a chord with me.
Kiva, the distributed micro loan platform, has released a new developer API that gives third parties access to create innovative applications on top of the platform:
The initial release of the Kiva API is concerned with helping you find and present public data from Kiva. We want to help you find things like loans, lenders, and partners and help you represent those in your applications and products. We think there are a lot of really useful things that can be done just by helping the Kiva community find information in different ways or experience it in a new context. Moreover, understanding our core set of data is the most important building block to doing more complex operations in future versions of the API.
One chap has already started to map out lenders and loans:
I have just started poking at the data available, as I suspect network analysis will be able to help predict rates of return.
Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:05 am