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ready smartAPI specification

Abbreviation: smartAPI

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The smartAPI project aims to maximize the FAIRness (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability) of web-based Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Rich metadata is essential to properly describe your API so that it becomes discoverable, connected, and reusable. We have developed a openAPI-based specification for defining the key API metadata elements and value sets. smartAPIs leverage the Open API specification v3 and JSON-LD for providing semantically annotated JSON content that can be treated as Linked Data.


Countries that developed this resource Netherlands , United States

Created in 2017

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How to cite this record smartAPI; smartAPI specification; DOI:; Last edited: Oct. 24, 2019, 2:56 p.m.; Last accessed: Sep 25 2021 1:38 p.m.

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Record added: Jan. 30, 2018, 9:18 p.m.
Record updated: Oct. 24, 2019, 1:21 p.m. by The FAIRsharing Team.

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Applies to: Database software

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Towards a More Intelligent Network of Web APIs.

Amrapali Zaveri, Shima Dastgheib, Chunlei Wu, Trish Whetzel, Ruben Verborgh, Paul Avillach, Gabor Korodi, Raymond Terryn, Kathleen Jagodnik, Pedro Assis, Michel Dumontier
Lecture Notes in Computer Science 2017

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smartAPI repository
The smartAPI repository is a human and machine accessible database of web-based application programming interfaces that are described using the smartAPI specification (based on the OpenAPI initiative).

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  • U54HG008033 (National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, USA)