ServiceU Connect Enhances Data Funcationality
ServiceU's REST API Allows for Custom Application Development, Feed Generation, Mashup and more!
We are pleased to announce that we’ve recently released a new REST Application Programming Interface (API) that will allow you to access your ServiceU data seamlessly through the standardized web formats XML, JSON, JSONP, RSS, ATOM and iCal as format options.
This new REST API and future APIs are part of ServiceU’s initiative, ServiceU Connect™, through which new features and enhancements will be developed to continue meeting the growing need for web 2.0 applications.
“Through ServiceU Connect™, we are giving our clients the ability to utilize their ServiceU data so that they can deliver content most effectively for their organizations,” says Tim Whitehorn, president and CEO of ServiceU. “The information available can be used to build custom calendars, web pages and even mobile apps. The opportunities are endless, and ServiceU wants to provide the organizations we serve with the most accessible path to their data.”
In a nutshell, we’re allowing the data that gets entered into the EventU "system" located at My.ServiceU.com to “feed” into standard formats that users, organization members and developers (the “techies” at your organization) can utilize in the easiest ways possible.
Through the new REST API recently released, organizations pump their church event listings and calendar items seamlessly through the standardized web formats XML, JSON, JSONP, RSS, ATOM and iCal as format options. By using these standard formats and technologies, ServiceU hopes to allow every organization an easy way to use the ServiceU data to fit their needs.
What does this mean to a user or a church/organization member?
It means that you can now subscribe to various feeds. For example, you can now go to your church’s website and subscribe to your church’s calendar feed and get all of your church’s calendar information “fed” directly into your Outlook 2007 or iCalendar. This means that your calendar will always be up to date, without having to rekey anything. As information gets updated within the My.ServiceU.com system, your calendar is automatically updated. Ultimately, this means you get to stay on top of the entire events t hat you choose.
What does that mean to my organization’s developers?
Organizations can also develop their own applications or combinations of applications such a mashup, to create a web page or application that uses or combines data or functionality for two or more external sources to create a new service. (Wikipedia) By using open APIs, easy, fast integration can produce incredible results to provide customized solutions for any organization.
“We have a lot of data that ServiceU maintains, and we want developers to be able to write their own applications and make the most of the incredibly reliable ServiceU backbone.” says Jesse Brown, software developer for ServiceU. “Since we already maintain this calendar and event info, the API makes this data available for someone else to write their own calendaring software or display software and use us as their event-management platform. They don’t have to rely on our website pages that list their data, they can drive their data to their own site.”
Ready to get started?
Visit My.ServiceU.com and navigate to Admin > Public Events > Setting Up Your Website. All the information you need to start can be found there. You can also visit this PDF (http://www.serviceu.com/support/documents/eventu/restservices.pdf) for more technical information.
We want your “feed” back
We’re very excited to get the feedback from organizations as to what types of information you want, and how you want it. We hope you will enjoy the new ServiceU Connect and look forward to suggestions on improving them in the future! Send suggestions to support@ServiceU.com