Weblog:   Amazon Web Services API
Subject:   Web Services API Wishlist: .gov and Monster
Date:   2002-07-20 10:51:28
From:   evanwolf
Response to: Web Services API Wishlist

First, I wish for U.S. Federal Government apps. Open up wsAPIs for the budget, to the library of congress, to congressional behavior, to America's Job Bank, to Commerce Business Daily, IRS, SEC and the hundreds of regulatory agencies, OSHA, USGS, environmental databases. We spend billions to collect and host an amazing collection of useful data and services. Some are web exposed. wsAPIs may be the key to making them more useful to more people in new and exciting ways.

Second, Monster.com (NYSE:TMPW). More than half of all time spent in online job searches are spent on this site; comparable to Amazon's and Google's mind share. Expose job posting and listing, resume posting and listing, and company profiles. Watch new ways evolve for fitting people to work. Can't you see looking for the resumes of people who read both "C# Essentials (2nd Edition)" and your column?

Just for fun: iMDB, the internet movie database (owned by Amazon so you may have some pull there).

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  • Web Services API Wishlist: high velocity data sources
    2002-07-20 11:08:50  evanwolf [View]

    One more wish: Organizations with high velocity data. Weather, Traffic, Sports, News, Wall Street. The last ten years have been about aggregation and distribution for these folks. The tide is adding analysis and interpretation: web service APIs can help that along.

    For example, add context to that news story about the Taliban: who has a financial stake in Afghanistan, who has been writing about them, prior news coverage, books citing the Taliban, movies shot about them or in the country, people with Taliban or Afghanistan on their resumes.

    My goal is to get a more complete, timely and accurate picture faster. Can we collapse the time it took to understand the Enron failure from months to days with tools like this?

    - Phil Wolff, http://dijest.com/aka/

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