There is so much data out on the web, but who wants to copy-and-paste or scrape web pages? Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) let you explore and collect data in a reliable and efficient way. In this introductory workshop you'll learn:
- What an API is an why you'd use one.
- How to access an API using the Postman Chrome app. We'll explore the API for one of the many available U.S. government databases.
- Other ways of using APIs.
- Tips for working with APIs and how to find them.
No technical background is required. Bring a laptop if possible.
This workshop is also offered to the GW community in real time on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm.
This workshop is part of the Research Data Workshop Series for anyone who needs help collecting, managing, and visualizing research data. Other workshops in this Fall 2017 series are Data Demystified, Data Management, Getting Data with APIs, Collecting Social Media Data with Social Feed Manager, A Walk on the R Side: Introduction to R for Data Analysis, and Humanities in the Open: Using the Open Science Framework for Digital Humanities. All sessions will be first-come, first served.