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Course overview

Although there are many datasets available in convenient formats like CSVs, there is also a large amount of data that is accessible only via an API. If you want to analyze streaming data from Twitter, for example, or dig into posting trends on Reddit, you need to get that data from the relevant APIs.

In this course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of APIs, such as connecting to an open API and interpreting different status codes. You’ll also learn how to work with the JSON data format in R (since most data from APIs will be in JSON format). Then, you’ll tackle more complex tasks like authenticating with private APIs and submitting more complex requests.

Best of all, you’ll learn by doing — you’ll practice and get feedback directly in the browser. The course concludes with a guided project that asks you to assemble a full data analysis project using an API to get data on New York’s solar energy resources.

Key skills

  • Querying external data sources using an API
  • Querying using an API with authentication
  • Interpreting various API status codes

Course outline

Introduction to APIs in R [4 lessons]

Working with APIs in R 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Identify the advantages of working with APIs
  • Process API requests
  • Define the JSON data format

Intermediate APIs in R 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Authenticate with APIs
  • Identify the different types of API requests

Challenge: Working with Different APIs in R 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Employ different APIs
  • Employ different APIs requests types

Guided Project: New York Solar Resource Data 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Expand your portfolio with a guided API project
  • Overcome common setbacks in data analysis

Projects in this course

Guided Project: New York Solar Resource Data

For this project, we’ll step into the role of data analysts to extract solar resource data for New York City using an API, parse the JSON response, and convert it into a dataframe for analysis in R.

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