USA TODAY launches public APIs

Here’s some news I’ve been itching to share for a few months: the launch of USA TODAY’s first public data APIs.

Announced today, the first two out of the gate offer access to our Best-Selling Books list and our archive of pro sports player salaries. Both data sets represent many years of effort by the database team at USA TODAY. To build these APIs, we were fortunate to team up with some great folks in our IT group. It’s been a great learning experience. We’re proud of the data and excited about opening it to the public.

Our new developer site has the details. You can register for API keys, read the documentation and post questions in forums. We want your feedback — it will help us make the APIs better and steer us as we make more of data available in the months ahead. Also be sure to read the terms of use.

About our first two APIs:

The Best-Selling Books API contains the weekly top 150 books from our list, including metadata about each title.

The Sports Salaries API contains annual salary information for players in Major League Baseball, the National Football League, National Basketball Association, and National Hockey League.

For more information, check out our official press release. There’s also a page up at programmableweb.com.