Contributor APIs with the new picNiche Agency-Kit

A few months ago, I outlined the issues faced by agencies and contributors when trying to improve the way the submission process works in my post: Microstock agencies: Help me to help you!.

Since then I’ve taken the time to design and build a platform for adding a contributor API to any agency. I am today releasing it as an open-source agency-kit, meaning that any microstock or other content licensing agency can now setup their own contributor APIs (among other things) easily.

In building the platform, I added support for stuff which just doesn’t exist in your average API. I won’t list them here, but head over to the apikit.org website to learn more about the cool features.

The contributor process sucks…

Right now, only 1 agency has a contributor API (and as best I can tell they only let 1 piece of software use it). Submissions at most agencies are painfully slow, review processes are highly unpredictable, and there is no reasonable way to track and analyse how well your image business is doing and in what fields (Unless you want to spend days out of every month copy-pasting to spreadsheets forever).

That’s something I’d like to change: I’ve setup the agency-kit so that it’s powerful, highly flexible, quick to setup, lightweight and fairly easy to understand, and to ultimately add value to both agencies and contributors.

This is free and open sourced, and can have benefits right across the industry. If you’re an agency, or a developer and want to read about the full benefits of providing an API, review the design and download the kit to give it a go:

There are hundreds of niche or smaller agencies I can’t reach directly but you can reach the ones I cannot. Lets see if we can stop wasting everyone’s time and finally get the stock photography industry working in harmony for a change 🙂

Please help spread the word by sharing this post directly with any agencies you sell images or other content with: mail it to them, drop a link to their support or forums, if you have direct contacts please send it their way and ask them to help reduce the amount of time you spend submitting images 🙂

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One Comment

  1. Posted May 26, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Well done ! it’s a smart idea.
    Hope agencies will follow.

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