Zepheira has created a main website for Akara in order to help users discover and learn about this open source project.
Akara is an open-source (Apache License, Version 2.0) Web framework specialized for RESTful data services, especially involving XML and other semi-structured formats. You express data models and create transforms based on these data models, plugging required inputs and outputs (XML, JSON, CSV, Atom, etc.) together into pipelines which implement the desired services. You then make these services available on the Web using simple wrappers. The wrappers are based on REST concepts and among other things make it easy to discover and reuse the services, and to connect them to local and remote systems using Web triggers (AKA Web hooks). Akara simplifies extract-transform-load (ETL), data-driven integration of systems, and makes it easy to wrap Web sites and services, turning tag soup and painful APIs into clean, RESTful end-points
The version of Akara code available in tandem with this new website include enhancements produced in association with the Library of Congress Recollection project (Update: now Viewshare), particularly code quality, performance tweaks and deployment support. Akara provides the data pipelining for loading data into Recollection and processing for data augmentation.