5.2 API = Application Programming Interface

  • API = Application Programming Interface
    • a set of structured http requests that return data in a lightweight format.
  • HTTP = Hypertext Transfer Protocol
    • how browsers and e-mail clients communicate with servers. optional caption text Source: Munzert et al. (2014), Figure 9.8, p. 259


Munzert, Simon, Christian Rubba, Peter Meißner, and Dominic Nyhuis. 2014. Automated Data Collection with r: A Practical Guide to Web Scraping and Text Mining. John Wiley & Sons.