The data is not complete - it's about 60-70% of the whole collection at December 2013 - and consists mainly of 'tombstone' data (accession numbers, dates, basic factual information) with only the bare minimum about most of the objects.
Used in Anger
The Cooper-Hewitt have a number of examples of use of the collection data and API on their Labs blog
Object Phone sends back information about an object if you text its UID to a shortcode.
The museum requests that you credit them where possible, and contribute any improvements back to the museum.
They're implementing oEmbed for links and photos of collection objects.
oEmbed is a format for allowing an embedded representation of a URL on third party sites. The simple API allows a website to display embedded content (such as photos or videos) when a user posts a link to that resource, without having to parse the resource directly. http://oembed.com
And they are not joking when they say their URL Shortener is awesome.
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