Nonprofits are challenged by managing their data effectively on a daily basis. This is hampering their work, making processes redundant and cumbersome, and adding precious time and costs to their operations – money and time better spent on services and programs.
APIs provide ways to more easily share data between applications. Open APIs also have the potential to bring data together in ways that create new ways of displaying information – such as bringing fundraising data to a content management system or blog, or by coupling geographic data with maps from Google.
In this paper, NTEN
- Explains what open APIs are conceptually
- Describes the technology behind APIs looks
- Gives several concrete examples of how APIs are used
- Delves into some issues to think about as you consider using these technologies in your organization