Librarians and APIs 101: overview and use cases

Presented by

Jonathan Hartmann, Georgetown Univ Medical Center; Robert Phillips, Univ of Florida

About this talk

The webinar presenters will provide an overview of APIs (application programming interfaces - see definition below) and a broad look at various use cases within the library from updating library systems to conducting research or facilitating access for other researchers. Specific use cases include using an API for text mining (clinical applications) and using APIs to update an institutional repository. The webinar is meant for librarians who do not currently have a strong technical background, but who want to familiarize themselves with the technology and its applications. ---- An API is a software intermediary that allows two applications to talk to each other. In other words, an API is the messenger that delivers your request to the provider that you’re requesting it from and then delivers the response back to you. -- Shana Pearlman, MuleSoft Blog

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