2008 Mashup Korea and Korea’s Open API status

Web 2.0 Asia

Daum and NHN will co-host the 2008 Mashup Korea. Mashup Korea will feature Mashup dev challenge (contestants can submit by Feb 10 ’08), Mashup Expo (11/29), and Mashup Conference (11/30).

I just followed the links provided on Channy’s post to see how Korean web companies are providing open APIs. I think Daum is the best in terms of depth and breadth of open APIs provided. Openmaru is offering an English website for open API developers – check out the site here (the site looks clean and beautiful – now the wholemark of Openmaru). ut most impressive was the link I also found on Channy’s post, regarding the open API-based strategic partnership between Auction and Daum cafe.

Daum cafe is Korea’s biggest web BBS, and Auction is Ebay’s Korean service.

Thanks to the APIs provided by the two services, user can cross-post an item on Daum cafe and on Auction at the same time, or sell items on Daum cafe using Auction’s backend transaction service (such as escrow service).

What does this mean? Let’s say you posted an entry about your used Ford on your web BBS. Imagine the entry will be automatically cross-posted under Ebay Auto, and visitors to the web BBS can buy your Ford using the same backend transaction system of Ebay.

Daum cafe is a huge service and Auction is now expecting its C2C e-commerce will see an increased volume of 25% next year, thanks largely to Daum cafe partnership. This is one of the best practices of open API based partnership, Channy says.


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