Last month, Restlet and API Evangelist launched a virtual hackathon: Summer of API, focused on implementing Web APIs exposing an Open Data set. The hackathon lasts all summer, so it gives you plenty of time to think about a real project, design it, implement it, and finally participate in the program!
Various data sets were suggested which contain some really cool data to display, for example from NASA!
Ideas and features
Under the hood, the application will leverage layers of data. So you can pick data up from different sources and aggregate them to display something like in the following picture:
This can be done using a set of layers described below:
Layers can be pure map data, shapes (like polygons, circles, and so on) or processing to fill areas. For the last two ones, properties can be dependent on values of a particular dataset.
The project is open-source and hosted on Github.
In addition to the application itself, some stuff will be provided to install the application effortlessly and manage the dataset.
Finally, I will try to give some details about the way to design and implement the application with APISpark!
If you haven’t already, enroll in the Summer of APIs hackathon and start coding your Open Data Web API!
Note: article initially published on Thierry’s blog.