Python Database API interface
There is an (experimental) Python interface to the Database API which may make working with the API from Python a little easier. The current version is available here. Note that while the distribution is really called 'ucammap' this wiki will upper-case the initial 'U' in the name of the distributed file - adapt the installation instructions accordingly.
Here is the README.txt file form the distribution:
University Map Python API ========================= This is a fairly simple Python 3 interface to the database API to the University of Cambridge Map. The underlying API is described at https://wiki.cam.ac.uk/university-map/The_Database_API Installation ------------ Unpack the distribution, move into the directory created, and run setup.py. You will probably need privileged (i.e. root) access to run setup.py. tar zxf ucammap-0.72.tar.gz cd ucammap-0.72 python3 setup.py install Adapt the package version number as necessary. Note that as distributed this is a Python v3 module and so should be installed using your system's copy of Python 3 if it has both v2 and v3 installed. Use --- Note, again, that as distributed this is a Python v3 module. It should be easy enough to convert it to run under Python 2 if needed. The code contains extensive in-line documentation so you may want to look at that, in the source, via the built in help() function, or in the ucammap.pydoc file included in the distribution. The interface is implemented by the 'ucammap' module which should be imported in the usual way. The primary (close to only) way to use this is to create a ucammap.API object and then call its 'search' method. All keyword arguments to search are converted to URL parameters and included in a call to the underlying interface - see the API documentation for more detail of what's possible. The result is a (possibly empty) sequence of objects representing the selected entities. Throughout the API, collections of information are represented by one of three Python object types - Entity, Info, and Address. Information about the objects can be retrieved via attributes of the objects - these return either strings or other objects, or sequences of strings or objects as appropriate. See the underlying API documentation for more details of what's available, and the module documentation for how to access it. Objects also provide utility methods for transforming their data - for example Entity provides a sort_name method to format names in a format suitable for sorting. The API class uses the standard logging module (at 'info' and 'debug') to track the retrieval of API data. The following provides a simple demonstration (also included in the distribution as example.py): #!/usr/bin/python3 import ucammap import logging logging.basicConfig(level=logging.INFO) database = ucammap.API() results = database.search(q = 'computing') for result in results: print(result.full_name()) if result.info: for k in result.info_keys(): print(" " + k.capitalize() + ":") for i in result.filtered_info(k): print(" ", i.value) print()