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Evaluating API's To Achieve Innovative Goals for Research and Education

Aug 06, 2015, by Eric Jeanes
Tags: 3scale, Higher Education, Internet2 NET+

As Research and Higher Education institutions wade deeper into the digital economy, APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) have become widely used over the past few years. APIs enable controlled interaction between different software programs throughout an entire school, campus, or department. They help researchers, faculty, staff, and students to do their jobs more effectively. For example, faculty could simplify the time-consuming task into a much easier process with APIs to enable several software systems or database work together. However, API access needs to be controlled and customized to meet the need of decentralized groups, requiring institution IT to explore an efficient and cost-effective API management rather than customizing every API integration.

The Internet2 NET+ team is actively facilitating campus development of new NET+ programs to meet diverse campus needs. These programs and eventual solutions are envisioned to feature the same value and benefit of current solutions offered through the NET+ initiative. 3scale recently approached Internet2 with a prospective NET+ offering for the higher education community. 

3scale and Internet2 will be holding the webinar: Building Successful API Programs in Higher Education on August 27th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET. 

R&E community members are encouraged to attend to learn more about this potential offering and evaluate the possibility of the solution being sponsored for NET+ Service Validation. The 3scale API Management Platform enables flexible and powerful controls, providing a no-compromise, highly scalable solution to open, package, distribute, control, and monetize APIs. A NET+ 3scale API Management Platform offering would enable a university to:

  • Manage APIs with multiple metrics and endpoints
  • Customize plans with different capabilities
  • Share real-time data, content, or services for effective research and analytics
  • Promote internal innovation between departments, faculties or students
  • Avoid the hassle and constant maintenance of building a solution from scratch

Register now for the upcoming webinar on August 27th, 2015 at TBD ET. Join Internet2 and 3scale to learn about API management and how higher education institutions are both using and benefitting from the API economy. 3scale's Chief Executive Officer. Steven Willmont will lead the conversation and seek feedback. Steven is a noted industry expert on APIs and leveraging the technology to achieve innovative goals, and  holder of a PhD in Artificial Intelligence / Distributed Systems / Communication Networks from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Geneva, Switzerland.

If your institution is interested in API's or is already using a threat intelligence service provider, please contact me to suggest future opportunities to share and evaluate possible solutions that can benefit the broader community. Feedback is also welcome on how to best leverage the NET+ initiative and community efforts to leverage innovative and efficient applications most effectively.

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