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July 24, 2008 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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NPR Launches Open API

NPR (National Public Radio) has launched an Open API (application programming interface) designed to make NPR news and information content available to access, include, and share on individual websites and blogs. The API will also allow the 860 NPR Member public radio stations around the country to incorporate more NPR news and information content in their digital media products and services, and establish a framework for eventually sharing their own content. Additionally, it will extend third-party content partnership opportunities for NPR and member stations. Information about the use of the NPR Open API is available at

NPR says this launch represents one of the first comprehensive Open APIs introduced by a major national media organization. It is also the latest step in NPR’s multifaceted digital media strategy, which has included expansion of the site, NPR Podcasts, the NPR Music destination site, and NPR Mobile on-demand services.

The NPR Open API will provide access to more than 10 years of NPR-produced content, primarily NPR News: This includes audio, text, and photography for developers to easily incorporate into their sites and blogs and share with larger audiences. The user can curate personal collections of news based on topics of interest, favorite programs, or current events. The range of content available includes NPR breaking news, books, politics, health and science, arts and culture, and international subjects. Also, a wide variety of nonperformance NPR Music content—such as artist interviews, features, and reviews—is available. Future NPR Open API plans include enabling member stations to share their own locally produced news and other content.

NPR is a producer and distributor of noncommercial news, talk, and entertainment programming. A privately supported, not-for-profit membership organization, NPR serves a growing audience of 26 million Americans each week in partnership with more than 860 independently operated, noncommercial public radio stations.

Source: NPR

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