Lincoln developed a staff directory that took advantage of APIs to create a client-facing corporate service based on existing data. On account of their work over recent years to develop a large pool of API-exposed datasets, they were able to prototype a new staff directory in less than 48 hours, using APIs to pull data from disparate sources within the institution.
Read the The Advantages of APIs report which contains our case study.
Similarly, our data-driven approach was recognised in a recent report by JISC’s Observatory: Data-driven Infrastructure.
The University of Lincoln has created a range of APIs for specific systems such as their ‘Nucleus’ endpoints for Calendars, Events, People and Print services, and the datasets provided through these APIs are used to drive sections of the University’s corporate Website and phone directory (Bilbie, 2012), albeit sometimes with intermediate parsing.