FAQ

What is an API?

If this is your question, you might be in the wrong place, but hey, thanks for asking.

Can I access the entire TEDTalks library through TED API?

Yes! And we've also included TED Quotes, ratings, events, tags, themes, and other interesting stuff for you to create mashups, visualizations, etc.

If I do not know what I am going to create, how should I complete the application questions?

For this initial phase we are looking for highly differentiated submissions to help ensure that we're providing API keys to developers with a wide range of ideas for how they'd create unique, high-potential content experiences with the API. The questions in the application are straight forward, so take a few minutes to gather your thoughts.

Why are there different types of API keys?

We've created three types of API keys: Base, Premium and Partner. Each tier is designed to provide developers a clear and easy upgrade path based on the usage trends and requirements of his/her TED API -built application or service. Put most simply, with each upgrade, the number of calls per second and the total calls per day allowed increase based on how the audience grows for your brainchild. You'll start with a Base key and when you begin to get traction, we can upgrade you to Premium, which will give more head-room for an even larger audience, and so forth and so on. All developers whose application we approve as part of TED API-50 will receive a Premium Key.

Can I put the TED logo on what I create with TED API?

Unfortunately not. We want you to be able to create delightful applications with TED API. At the same time, we don't want users to get confused about who is responsible for what.

May I edit content that I can access through TED API?

No. Our Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license states that "derivative works" of any kind (edits, cuts, re-mixes, mashups, etc) are not allowed. If you discover edited or modified versions of TEDTalks distributed online or used elsewhere, be aware that this is illegal and please inform us.

What are the benefits of being a "TED API-50" developer?

In addition to endless affection and admiration from our team here at TED, you'll be among the first developers in the world to have full access to the TEDTalks archives to build an original content experience. It would give us great pleasure to recognize the best of what the TED API-50 creates to the TED community around the world!