Percipio.London: Metaseed API Service
Metaseed API Service
What is an API?
Wikipedia says that an API is; “An application programming interface (API) is a computing interface that defines interactions between multiple software intermediaries.”
In other words, an API allows one system to talk to another. Specifically Metaseed allows us to fetch accurate and reliable data for platforms we support in a fast and uniformed manner.
Multiple platforms we support require access to school data, geographic information, ONS information, custom shared content or a combination of all of the above.
Metaseed was born out of a consistent need to share data between systems and a constant battle with handling poorly formatted raw data files. We now have a single platform that can be used to distribute datasets to any other platform that we support.
Metaseed currently processes in excess of 40k requests per day, 365 days of the year.
Having a centralised engine increases not only adds to our development efficiency, but additionally ensures that platforms accessing Metaseed always have access to the most up to date data without any requirement to make changes to their internal systems.
- National Tutoring programme uses Metaseed to match schools to tutor partners across England.
- The EEF Families of Schools database uses Metaseed to connect school data, with the national postcode database and various subsets of data from the ONS.
- The Research Schools Network uses metaseed to pinpoint localities of it’s schools to catchment areas and also to capture data engagement on the hundreds of events they run.
Metaseed is currently being further developed to allow for a greater range of data consumption spanning more datasets over a wider range of sectors. Additionally we will be leveraging the service to provide a Toolkit provisioning service that will allow evidential Toolkits from any organisation to be distributed around the world and translated into multiple languages.