Using our Data API
With our app, you can save and export measurements. However, sometimes you need more advanced access than this. For instance, if you would like to perform the export in an automated way.
For this reason, we have created a data access API (application programming interface). It allows you to access data using scripts and obtain detailed insights into your processes.
The documentation and source code examples can be found in our Gitlab repository https://gitlab.com/matohascience/matoha-api-docs .
A quick tutorial
Step 1 - Obtain API credentials
Please open our app, then click on My account and you should see the screen as per the screenshot below. Please press the "Generate API key" button and then use the yellow copy buttons to copy the credentials from the app. Anyone with the access to your user ID and API key will have access to your data so please keep it secure!
Step 2 Try out API demo
Please visit https://matohascience.gitlab.io/matoha-api-docs/ . Then, enter the user ID and API key you have obtained from the app into the interface. Now you should be able to perform various actions, such as retrieve the collections, data etc.
In each case, the example will generate a "Request URL", such as
https://api.matoha.com/v1/get_collections?supervisor=1&user=YOUR USER ID HERE&api_key=YOUR API KEY HERE
This URL (link) is relatively human-readable and contains important instructions for the API:
address of the server (https://api.matoha.com/)
the API function to call (v1/get_collections)
the function parameters (?supervisor=1)
and your credentials (user=YOUR USER ID HERE&api_key=YOUR API KEY HERE)
This URL contains the various parameters which can be used to request specific types of data etc - the full documentation is here https://gitlab.com/matohascience/matoha-api-docs .
Step 3 Next steps
How can you use the API? Here are a few ideas:
use the Get Data function to export your data in a CSV or JSON format. The data in this format can be then analysed in Excel or all kinds of business intelligence software, such as Tableau. The link the example makes for you (such as https://api.matoha.com/v1/get_data? ....) is "permanent", ie you can visit it every time you would like your data exported.
Any questions? Please do get in touch, we would love to help you!