Universities Blog Posts From API Evangelist

These are the blog items I've written over the last decade when it comes to my Universities resarch, providing the short form of my research across the API industry.

You can find all of the blog posts I have written over at the main API Evangelist site, these are mean to just be for providing easy access to what I've written when it comes to Universities.

Curated Universities News

These are the news items that I have curated during the monitoring of the API space that have some relevance to the Universities conversation and I wanted to include in my research. I am using all of these links to better understand how the space is defining not just their APIs, but their schema, and other moving parts of their API operations.

How Alexa Is Learning to Converse More Naturally (08-27-2018)
Amazon's Alexa Fellowship expands to 14 more universities (08-22-2018)
Building a University API: Why and How (08-04-2018)
My first semester using GitHub at Rice University (02-08-2018)
Welcome to the UCL API (10-06-2017)
UCI Machine Learning Repository (10-01-2017)
Brigham Young University: Enabling API Discoverability and Data (09-22-2017)
Liquid agenda (09-04-2017)
Open data on universities New fuel for transformation (07-22-2017)
NYU releases the largest LiDAR dataset ever to help urban development (07-12-2017)
Ucas reworks university admissions access with API (06-22-2017)
Building a searchable, sortable table: Salaries of Arizona State University Employees (06-11-2017)
Universities find Handshake API helps students find more than just job openings (05-30-2017)
Computer scientist to boost interactivity of Spencer Museum of Art's history and holdings (05-30-2017)
nusmodifications/nusmods (05-28-2017)
Apply Magic Sauce (05-28-2017)
Apple targets community college students with new a Swift coding course (05-24-2017)
Building APIs for the University and the Student (04-13-2017)
Tweet: RT @alexadevs: Attention university #students: Enter our latest challenge and #Hackyourworld with #voice & #Alexa https://t.co/uQaKvbmTUG… (04-07-2017)
Amazon deepens university ties in artificial intelligence race (03-02-2017)
Student Profiles: A Proof of Concept (02-10-2017)
University of Chicago Medicine Improves Patient Care with Data (02-09-2017)
Infoblox Announces Partnership with University of Washington Tacoma (11-09-2016)
Google?s $100K cybersecurity award given to University of California Santa Barbara (10-21-2016)
ThreatConnect Shares Incident Information on a Phishing Page Serving Fake Login for University (10-21-2016)
Inside Intellectual Ventures' Portfolio: Nearly 500 University Patents (10-18-2016)
Knowledge for Cybersecurity (10-17-2016)
Harvard Library Open Metadata (10-06-2016)
Legislation to Reclaim University Invention from the Trolls (08-22-2016)
Tell Your University: Don't Sell Patents to Trolls (08-17-2016)
Engagement 101: Providence and Brown University showcase a data-driven partnership (08-15-2016)
Indiana University Uses Docker Datacenter for Production-Ready Orchestration (07-20-2016)
Building a Virtual University (05-23-2016)
IBM, 8 universities to train Watson for cybersecurity sleuthing (05-10-2016)
WSO2Con Insights: How NYU used WSO2 to become a more agile organization (04-18-2016)
CloudPassage Study Finds U.S. Universities Failing in Cybersecurity Education (04-08-2016)
Where Do I Start With APIs? The Independent Liberal Arts College Edition (04-02-2016)
Indie Ed-Tech, The University And Personal APIs: Drawing Lines In The Sand To Define Our Digital Self (03-30-2016)
How BYU Will Use APIs to Give Students Control of Their Data (03-27-2016)
WSO2Con Insights: How WSO2?s Open Source API Management Platform is Enabling BNY Mellon?s Digital Transformation (03-25-2016)
University API Workshop Indie EdTech and The Personal API (03-18-2016)
Personal API Are Not Just A Local Destination, They Are A Journey (03-16-2016)
With OrgSync Joining Campus Labs, the Power of Data Is Even Stronger (03-01-2016)
In service to CUNY?s mission as a public university (02-19-2016)
University of Manitoba Chooses Zepheira to Convert Catalogue, Collections to Linked Data (02-17-2016)
Northeastern University: Using the Power of the API to Enhance Student Engagement (11-06-2015)
University Insights: Creatives and developers (10-21-2015)
College of Music Orchestrates Success With APIs (08-29-2015)
Illinois Funded by Google on Innovative Mobile-First, Open Web of Things Initiatives | Department of Computer Science at Illinois (08-27-2015)
Campuses Deploy Software-Defined Storage (08-22-2015)
API Usability Course at Carnegie Mellon (08-11-2015)
API Usability Course at Carnegie Mellon (08-11-2015)
API Usability Course at Carnegie Mellon (08-10-2015)
Duke?s Website has Gone Docker (07-04-2015)
BitTitan Eliminates Barriers to Microsoft Office 365 Adoption for Universities (06-16-2015)
What should an API Methodology deliver? (06-08-2015)
The University API: an (un)conference (06-04-2015)
How to put API Architecture into Practice? (06-02-2015)
Why do we need an API Architecture? (06-01-2015)
What is API Architecture? (05-28-2015)
Usage Of Swagger For The APIs At The UC Santa Barbara Lab for Research on Adaptive Computing Environments (05-14-2015)
Harvard-Open-Data-Project/droid GitHub (05-04-2015)
University API and Domains Workshop (04-24-2015)
BlueLight Chooses Bandwidth API Platform for Added Campus Safety (04-23-2015)
University API & Domains (UAD) Workshop- Eventbrite (04-15-2015)
Hacking Academia: Data Science and the University (04-11-2015)
DPLA and Education: Findings and Recommendations from our Whiting Study (04-09-2015)
API & Domains Summit (04-08-2015)
Ministry of Higher Education and Research: public open data (04-07-2015)
Opencloudmesh Project Connects Private Research Clouds To Facilitate C... (01-28-2015)

These are curated as part of my daily work to understand what is happening across the space, and I regularly use them to track on what has occurred overtime, and include them in my guides, whitepapers, and other outputs.

Featured Universities Companies and Organizations

These are the organizations I come across in my research who are doing interesting things in the API space. They could be companies, institutions, government agencies, or any other type of organizational entity. My goal is to aggregate so I can stay in tune with what they are up to and how it impacts the API space.

Brigham Young University

Official page for Brigham Young University. Undergraduate applications: https://www.lds.org/church-education/college-application?lang=eng Graduate program info: http://graduatestudies.byu.edu

  • About - The about for the Brigham Young University platform.
  • Blog - The blog for the Brigham Young University platform.
  • Crunchbase - The crunchbase for the Brigham Young University platform.
  • Developers - The developers for the Brigham Young University platform.
  • Documentation - The documentation for the Brigham Young University platform.
  • Twitter - The twitter for the Brigham Young University platform.
  • Website - The website for the Brigham Young University platform.

Northwestern University

Northwestern has a very nice set of APIs covering the core functions of university operations like terms, schools, subjects, courses, instructors, buildings and rooms. Everything is organized in a nice, centralized portal for easy access.

  • Developers - The developers for the Northwestern University platform.
  • Getting Started - The getting started for the Northwestern University platform.
  • Website - The website for the Northwestern University platform.

UC Berkeley

Founded in 1868, the University of California, Berkeley is one of the world’s preeminent public universities, boasting a distinguished faculty (with 22 Nobel laureates to date), stellar research libraries, and more than 350 academic programs. At the he...

  • Crunchbase - The crunchbase for the UC Berkeley platform.
  • Crunchbase - The crunchbase for the UC Berkeley platform.
  • OpenAPI - The openapi for the UC Berkeley platform.
  • Twitter - The twitter for the UC Berkeley platform.
  • Website - The website for the UC Berkeley platform.
  • Website - The website for the UC Berkeley platform.

UC Berkeley Academic Terms API

  • Current Academic Term
  • Next Academic Terms

University of Michigan

A top-ranked public university, the University of Michigan has a tradition of excellence in research, learning and teaching, sports and the arts, and more.

  • Crunchbase - The crunchbase for the University of Michigan platform.
  • Crunchbase - The crunchbase for the University of Michigan platform.
  • Developers - The developers for the University of Michigan platform.
  • Github - The github for the University of Michigan platform.
  • Twitter - The twitter for the University of Michigan platform.
  • Website - The website for the University of Michigan platform.

University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame has a central developers portal with a handful of APIs to begin with, including calendar and campus map. The portal provides an area for projects, resources, style guides. It is another great start to a centralized effort on campus.

  • Developers - The developers for the University of Notre Dame platform.
  • Website - The website for the University of Notre Dame platform.

University of Warsaw

The University of Warsaw API is a very robust model for APIs in higher education. The platform is about being reused at multiple organization, and provides an interesting blueprint to compare with others.

  • Developers - The developers for the University of Warsaw platform.
  • Website - The website for the University of Warsaw platform.

University of Washington

The UW is a leading research university with three campuses, a world-class academic medical center and extensive continuing education programs. The students, faculty and researchers who come here are driven to turn ideas into actions. They transform ou...

  • Crunchbase - The crunchbase for the University of Washington platform.
  • Crunchbase - The crunchbase for the University of Washington platform.
  • Developers - The developers for the University of Washington platform.
  • Github - The github for the University of Washington platform.
  • Website - The website for the University of Washington platform.

University of Waterloo

Our entrepreneurial and research-based culture powers one of the top innovation hubs in the world. We are Canadas most innovative university. #UWaterloo

  • Blog - The blog for the University of Waterloo platform.
  • Blog RSS - The blog rss for the University of Waterloo platform.
  • Crunchbase - The crunchbase for the University of Waterloo platform.
  • Developers - The developers for the University of Waterloo platform.
  • Github - The github for the University of Waterloo platform.
  • Twitter - The twitter for the University of Waterloo platform.
  • Website - The website for the University of Waterloo platform.

Yale ITS

Yale offers numerous web APIs, organized in a single developer portal. The portal provides many of the common resources youd find in a public API portal, including document, tools, and other resources. API range from meta data, to messaging, and videos, providing a nice snapshot of campus operations.

  • Developers - The developers for the Yale ITS platform.
  • Twitter - The twitter for the Yale ITS platform.
  • Website - The website for the Yale ITS platform.

Other Universities Companies and Organizations

These are additional companies who have APIs, but do not have as much detaila nd resources available to rank with the others.

Boston University

Boston University is a private, non-profit, research university in Boston, Massachusetts.

Brown University

Hey there! Brown APIs is a set of web APIs for getting useful information about Brown. In general, to form a request, pick a method from below and look at some of the sample queries to get a feel for how the API works. Also, join the Brown APIs group on Facebook for FAQs and community support!


Cambridge University Press advances learning, knowledge and research worldwide


The world’s largest collection of open access research papers.

Cornell University

Cornell University has a pretty interesting eBird API. I do not see much else of APIs out of the institution, but will be keeping an eye out.


EdX is a massive open online course (MOOC) provider and online learning platform. It hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide audience, some at no charge. It also conducts research into learning based on how people use its platform. EdX differs from other MOOC platforms, such as Coursera and Udacity, in that it is nonprofit and runs on an open-source software platform.


FenixEdu is a modular software platform for academic and administrative management of higher education institutions. It is among the growing number of service providers targeting higher educational institutions using APIs.

Florida State Antarctic Research Facility Core Database

I just found the one arctic research API at Florida State University, but it is a sign there is more, and now they are on my radar. I think that Florida State University reflects another trend Im seeing with APIs being born out of university research.

George Washington University

George Washington University has an API out of the library, it is crude and simple, but allows for searching. There is also a rogue course API done by a student, which is always good to see. This is how many early API efforts look like at institutions in my experience.

Georgia Tech

I came across the Georgia Tech API at a gathering of Universities to talk about another project, but learned they had a pretty robust API defined used Swagger. Looks like it is still a work in progress, but a great model to look at.


Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. Harvard University is made up of 11 principal academic units.

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University provides a Hub API, opening up API access to several campus resources including articles, events, galleries, issues, divisions, locations, tags, and topics as simple API endpoints with documentation. Not much else is provide via the portal.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.

MIT Media Lab

North Carolina State University

I only found the library API, and the dining API. I could tell there was more APIs somewhere, but will need to dig deeper.

Penn Labs

There are only two basic APIs available here, but it is interesting that these were done by a university sanctioned organization, dedicated to delivering technology solution in support of the institution. Will keep an eye on what they are producing as well as other APIs to come out of the institution.

Purdue University

Purdue has APIs, but it looks like they have a very resource based one in their banner API, and another attempt at making it more accessible with modern approaches using Purdue.io. I also found another student API for food court dining--these are always cool to see.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute just has an API coming out of the student union. I found evidence of other possible APIs, but nothing that student out like this student led one.

Rutgers University

Rutgers University has a nice central portal, with a sensible list of API resources that are common across university API approaches, but it is still missing much before Id consider a viable central portal for the institution. Good start, but a definite work in progress.

San Jose State University

San José State University is a public comprehensive university located in San Jose, California, in Silicon Valley.


ScottyLabs is a technical club at Carnegie Mellon University. We organize educational events to help people learn how to make things, host workshops to give students the opportunity to work on projects outside of class, and develop applications and services for the campus community.

Syracuse University

Syracuse University has the APIs, but just not exposed. They have a single page talking about, without much other detail. Work to be done.

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University only has a set of geocoding, address, and mapping APIs, but they are a real nice set of services. It puts Texas A&M on my map, and Im sure I will find more.

The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University has a number of APIs, but they are really fragmented and all over the place. You can get at some as part of library services, and some as part of an data API, and there is another transportation related ones. Lots of API profiling work to be done, and pull out all the detail, and organizing it.

The University of Iowa

There are a number of housing, and science APIs available at The University of Iowa, but there is not central portal for access them.  I could probably find more looking through their search. Definitely a work in progress effort.

The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin is a public research university and flagship institution of the University of Texas System.


The University of Minnesota has a really nice, central developer area for their APIs complete with Twitter account, but without access I cant really see what APIs are available. I did find another utility API for grouping and comparing of individuals on campus.

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

La UOC és una universitat online que ofereix cursos de grau, postgraus, màsters i idiomes.

University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world.

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

UCLA only has one API that I can find, a URL shortener API. The whole system is pretty well done though. I know there are other UCLA APIs I have come across, I just cannot find currently. Will keep looking.

University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB)

University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) is doing some pretty interesting work around APIs and governance using Swagger. The work is being done as part of campus CS, and the RaceLab. They dont have any APIs available, but are doing some real interesting work.

University of California, Davis

University of California, Davis provides a wealth of APIs as part of their IT operations. There is a complete identity and set of APIs for many aspects of campus operations, but still reflect a very IT driven operation, over a modern API movement.

University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is interesting because it has another, almost central API developer portal that is adjacent to regular IT operations. The simply call it UMD.io, and provide basic course, bus, mapping APIs. They also have a really interesting music composition API that needs more investigation.

University of Missouri

The University of Missouri is a public, land-grant research university in Columbia, Missouri.

University of North Texas

UNT is a student-focused, public, research university located in Denton, Texas. As one of Texas largest universities, we offer 103 bachelors, 86 masters and 38 doctoral degree programs within the universitys 13 colleges and schools.

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities, established in 1880. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international trade, USC enrolls more international s...

University of Toronto

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in depth and breadth on any other Canadian campus...

University of Virginia School of Medicine

The University of Virginia School of Medicine only has the one research faculty directory API, but is enough of a start that I think it is worthy of recording. I will keep looking for other APIs that emerge at the school, and see if it expands beyond just this one API.

University of Warwick

The official home of Warwick Students Union on Facebook. Click Like for all the latest info about events, campaigns and happenings at your SU. Its your Union. Be part of it!

Industry Tag Cloud

This set of tags represent this industry, pulled from the website and marketing materials available for each of the companies listed.

API LIfeycleCaliforniaCanadaDataGetting Started ExampleHas APIHigher EducationIdentitiesJournalsLibrariesMarketplacesMichiganNo APIRelative DataResearchresearch papersresearchersService APITargetUniversitiesUniversity GroupUniversity In ProgressUniversity LeaderUniversity LibraryUniversity PortalUniversity RogueUniversity ScienceUniversity ServiceUniversity SpecializedWashington

They reflect the intent of these platforms, helping people understand what is aavailable for integration into applications.