The Data Source Handbook is a short eye opening book on the data and apis that are freely available on the web.
It gives a good quick introduction to what’s out there, helping to feed the ideas on kind of data is easily accessible. This kind of information may be easily available at google, but it’s well worth the price to have it easily accessible in one spot for easy reference.
With an increasingly social and mashupable web, being able to pull in data from a wide range of sources is essential. The Data Source Handbook provides a good starting point for getting some of the public data off the web.
[this book was reviewed as a part of the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program]