Introduction to Using APIs with Python


Friday, October 13, 2017, 1:00pm to 3:30pm


IQSS - CGIS Knafel building, Room K018

An application programming interface (API) is a tool that allows computers to communicate and share information. For social scientists, APIs can be useful for accessing data or services from firms, organizations, or government agencies. This workshop will introduce the use of APIs to obtain data from sources such as Survey Monkey, Twitter, or This workshop is intended for social scientists who are new to working with APIs, but have some familiarity with Python or have attended the Introduction to Python workshop.

Workshop Preparation

Computers with Python pre-loaded are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you with to use your own laptop, please install the Anaconda distribution of Python 3.6 from

If you are having trouble installing this version of Python, please contact IQSS data science services at .

This workshop is free for Harvard and MIT affiliates and is held at IQSS. Click here to sign up!


See also: Python