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Science Museum Cosmic Collections API information

Name and URL
Why it's useful
Cosmic Collections Object API http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/objectapi/cosmosculturepublic.svc/MuseumObjects Basic access to object data for the Cosmic Collections mashup competition

Cosmic Collections API schema


What's in the XML response; data types

Cosmic Collections API sample


More information about what to expect from the Science Museum Cosmic Collections API


Libraries for the Science Museum Cosmic Collections API information

YQL table: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/documents/staticAPI/nmsi.cosmosculture.yql.xml

Referenced when running a query as e.g.

use "http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/documents/staticAPI/nmsi.cosmosculture.yql.xml";
select * from nmsi.cosmosculture

More information and sample queries: http://eatyourgreens.org.uk/archives/2009/10/science-museum-cosmic-collections-competition.html





Tech and interfaces

Name and URL
Why it's useful

Programmable Web


One of the definitive lists of APIs and data sources, platform specific tips and related news. Or as they say, 'Keeping you up to date with APIs, mashups and the Web as platform'.


Good introductory resources include 'How To Make Your Own Web Mashup'.

Central Office of Information 'Delivering inclusive websites'


UK government 'Minimum standard of accessibility' guidelines
http://getfirebug.com/ 'Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of web development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.'
http://rubyonrails.org/ Web framework [I'd have a quote from their site but the nice one is an image not text']

'Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design.'


'Git is a fast, efficient, distributed version control system ideal for the collaborative development of software.'

http://www.w3schools.com/ A great place to learn the basics of XML, HTML and lots of other languages, often with nice sandboxes (places where you can easily try out code and see what effect the changes you make have).
'robust, open source tools that empower users to access, manage, visualize and reuse digital assets.'



'Upload and explore data' - check it out for inspiration or use it to explore possible data sets.



Visualisation tools from IBM.
http://www.alistapart.com/articles/you-can-get-there-from-here-websites-for-learners/ A List Apart on 'websites for learners'
30 Resources to Find the Data You Need http://flowingdata.com/2009/10/01/30-resources-to-find-the-data-you-need/ 'Let's say you have this idea for a visualization or application, or you're just curious about some trend. But you have a problem. You can't find the data, and without the data, you can't even start. This is a guide and a list of sources for where you can find that data you're looking for.'

What Visualization Tool/Software Should You Use? – Getting Started


'Are you looking to get into data visualization, but don't quite know where to begin?

With all of the available tools to help you visualize data, it can be confusing where to start. The good news is, well, that there are a lot of (free) available tools out there to help you get started. It's just a matter of deciding which one suits you best. This is a guide to help you figure that out.'




Timelines are a nice easy way of exploring historical objects and events

NMSI Collections Online


Catalogue records from the Science Museum, National Media Museum and National Railway Museum - a good way to check out possible search terms.

National Maritime Museum: Astrotagging for developers http://www.nmm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/astronomy-photographer-of-the-year/astrotagging-for-developers/





'Astrotagging is the celestial equivalent of geotagging. ... Thanks to Astrometry.net our astronomy photos have machine tags identifying celestial position, field of view and objects in each photo. Now, what can we do with these tags?'


RSS feed documentation - 'Search result listings from Collections Online and the archive catalogue are available as RSS feeds.'


Flickr badge 'hacked to use the NMM collections as a data source, rather than flickr. Try editting the query and pressing 'update' to change the results.'


More information about accessing the NMM collections is available at http://eatyourgreens.org.uk/archives/2009/10/yql-updates-for-nmm-collections.html

Powerhouse Museum



Collections search (e.g. http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/search_tags.php?tag=astronomy), browse (try category 'Astronomy Equipment').

'If you would like to make something interesting with our collection dataset you can download the latest version of our database as a zipped tab separated text file.'

V&A Collections search API


Victoria & Albert Museum API Documentation
http://ti.arc.nasa.gov/project/planetary/maps/ NASA Extensions to the Google Maps API
http://www.famfamfam.com/lab/icons/ Creative Commons-licensed icons
http://dbpedia.org/ 'structured information from Wikipedia... DBpedia allows you to ask sophisticated queries against Wikipedia, and to link other data sets on the Web to Wikipedia data.'
http://www.freebase.com/ 'Make your site richer with free, high-quality data and smarter with powerful tools for crosslinking content.' Lots of tools for building queries, and a platform to host apps.



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