Data APIs project
This is an early trial of APIs for data.gov.uk datasets that will grow to include those in the National Information Infrastructure.
A brief introduction to APIs
APIs are ways in which you can ‘converse’ with a data service to obtain the data you want based on a criteria selected by you. Instead of downloading a file with location of hospitals, for example, you can tell the data service to give you only those hospitals in a specific postcode and you can either download just that data or get the data as you need it from the service to power your application.