NASA has opened a new online repository of application programming interfaces intended to help developers learn to use the agency’s APIs and contribute their own APIs.
William Brantley, branch chief in the Agriculture Department’s rural development human resources office, wrote in a blog article published May 27 that the API.NASA.gov website is designed to identify which APIs should receive additional resources by displaying popular APIs.
According to Brantley, developers must obtain an API key in order to gain complete access to the APIs.
“API keys are free and allow NASA to track who is using the APIs,” he wrote. “API key tracking also helps to determine which data sets should be given APIs next.”
He said the data.NASA.gov portal also contains nearly 10,000 data sets and 37 APIs.