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Sunday, 30th August 2009

Report: Wolfram Alpha to Provide API for Data Feeds

From the Article:

Wolfram Alpha, the "computational knowledge engine" developed by Mathematica, will soon allow its dynamic search results to be queried and mashed up in a variety of new ways.

According to the Guardian, Wolfram will be opening its curated data to be queried via an application programming interface, or API. Currently, you can view results in a browser, export them as a PDF, or "play" them using a Mathematica plug-in. The ability to use the data on other sites and for other means, such as computations in spreadsheets, is appealing, if not earth-shattering.

Source: News.com

See Also: Wolfram Alpha to open data feeds (via The Guardian)

At the moment, Alpha generates results that you can see on the website, export as a PDF or "play" using a Mathematica plug-in. Soon, Wolfram will be opening up its curated data that can be queried using an API, Conrad Wolfram said. This will provide yet another source of data that you can use to create projects and mash-ups with the information that we [The Guardian] provide at the Data Store. Alpha may not be a generalised search engine, but it is something very powerful.

Hat Tip: P.W.


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