Hot on the heels of the New York Times Article Search API, The Guardian has launched it’s own series of APIs. With the aim of making content and data open, weaving it “into the fabric of the internet” they are giving away the raw fact checked data sets used to produce infographics and articles.
In addition the Content API will make articles searchable by third party sites and applications. Unlike the NYTimes, full article text is available and can be published through your own site alongside your own advertising. The catch is you must agree to leave the article unmodified, including any advertising The Guardian will choose to include.
As a result of the internet’s disruptive effects, the news ecosystem is diversifying. Readers are no longer tied to the paper version. They can consume articles online, on mobile, through RSS feeds or on eBook readers. The Guardian seem to realise they won’t be able to support every possible way of reading and discovering news. Developers are now able to take their content and extend it’s reach to platforms that aren’t already supported by the publisher, in the same way newsboys were used in the past to push and distribute papers effectively.
This is the beginning of an exiting new direction for newspapers. Hopefully other publications will follow in opening up their content to a broader audience through the innovations of developers.