We have recently added API capabilities to GO Smart! So what does this mean for you?  Well let’s start with a definition.

WHAT IS AN API?

In the simplest terms, an API is a bridge that can automatically export digital data or files from one application in to another.

Mauve background with white text and icons: "What is an API? Application Programming Interface. A tool that allows for automatic transfer of data from one program to one or more applications or programs. Why use an API? Create automatic transfers of your valuable GO Smart data into your favorite programs.

WHY SHOULD YOU USE GO SMART’S API?

Your GO Smart data is digital, and as such you should be able to have it work for you even outside of our system.  An API can help you export that digital data to other computer programs, automatically and in the background.

gray background with orange text: Why use GO Smart's API? Our API allows you to transfer your GO Smart data into other programs and applications (e.g. MailChimp, Gmail, Dropbox, etc.) without having to fully understand the inner workings of either. GO Smart logo with an arrow pointing to an API followed by an arrow pointing to MailChimp's logo

HOW WILL YOU USE OUR API?

You can easily use our API key with a cloud program like Zapier which  connects your GO Smart data to hundreds of popular products.  Your developers or IT staff can also take our API key and write comprehensive code that can automatically input some of your GO Smart data into your custom programs, like a state or city database.

You can access your API key in GO Smart by navigating to the API tab in the navigation bar at admin.gosmart.org.  If you do not see this tab and would like access, please email goteam@westaf.org and we will make it available immediately.

From this new tab, you can click Generate Key and a long string of characters will appear.  This string of characters is your key.

Generate a user and create a password that you will enter whenever you are asked for this key.  This username and password are associated with this specific key. If at any time you misplace your credentials for this key, you may have to regenerate a new key and user, but beware, this may nullify any previous connections you made with your past key(s).

HOW CAN YOU TRY USING YOUR KEY TODAY?

If you’re ready to see how you can export some of your GO Smart data, you can Beta test with Zapier and do some of the following actions.

Some of the ways you could use GO Smart's API right now! Update your email lists. Import Contact Information. Store applicant's submitted data

Follow this tutorial to Beta test by using our invitation code and let us know how it goes!  After enough of our users beta test, we will make GO Smart available for all Zapier users.

Check out this Webinar and this slideshow to learn more, and as always, be in touch with us at goteam@westaf.org if you have any questions.

Leave a Reply