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What is an API?

What is an API?

APIs stands for Application Programming Interface; in the same way that humans interact and communicate through gestures, language or words, platform and software products connect and interact between them using application programming interfaces. Platforms transfer data using these interfaces, in a format understandable by computers, which help leverage data from different sources using a live feed exchange, meaning data is frequently updated. 

APIs are used by software developers to combine data and services from multiple providers into a single application, either a web-based tool or a mobile application. APIs also enable researchers to automate access to GFW data so they can efficiently access the latest data without having to manually download it from the website.

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