Keep ’em coming!

API’s? Love them! Anything that helps me research the Internet and other databases more quickly and efficiently is OK with me!  I do agree with – I think it was – Bill, that this is what historians do.  We gather information from disparate sources and put them together for ourselves and others.  This is just a new, faster, more efficient way of doing what historians have been doing for ages.  It only makes sense that the humanities world should be moving into this not-so-new technology in order to make our work easier.  It is a shame that it is taking so long.

Databases should be as accessable as possible.  I’m not saying that historians and scholars should put all their research out there, they have to make a living somehow, but the sources they used for their research should be available to anyone who wants to view it.  This stuff needs to be out there, and it needs to be easy to find and sift through.  And, yes, those who are fortunate enough to know how to manipulate databases and create API’s and other programs that allow researchers to put their information together as easily as possible, should share the wealth and help those of us who are less fortunate.

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