Speaker: Alex Garnett, Digital Preservation and Data Curation Specialist at Simon Fraser University
When you hear people talking about how they’re getting data from this API or that API, do you ever thinking to yourself: “Well, I’m not a programmer per se, but people toss that word around like ‘dark, leafy greens’ or ‘neoliberalism’ these days, so how hard could it be, really?” Good news! The answer is “not very hard, and particularly not very hard if you noticed that I used nested-apostrophes-as-quote-marks in the first sentence of this abstract!”
This talk will provide a brief, hands-on overview of interacting with various APIs using a command-line terminal. No prior knowledge of programming is required; only a willingness to learn about fun things like shell scripts and HTTP methods and POSIX environments. In exchange, you’ll hopefully learn a thing or two about how people create Twitter clients and query databases and other useful ways of using the internet that don’t involve a web browser.
Alex Garnett is a Data and Digital Preservation Librarian at Simon Fraser University. In addition to maintaining SFU’s new Research Data Repository, he works with the Public Knowledge Project on Dataverse Network integration and article parsing and transformation functionality, and the university Archives on various delightful file format migration tasks.