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What is the XNAT REST API?

Back in 2005, in the strange and heady times of post-bubble dot-com development, Dan Marcus took a trip to Amazon headquarters to meet their CTO and promote a very young XNAT among up and coming "big data" research tools. He was blown away by Amazon's commitment to developing their software as a services platform, powered entirely - inside and out - by a commonly accessible API. 

That inspired the XNAT development team to commit to building its services as a set of RESTful services, accessible by a common API. The API has grown and evolved considerably since its first appearance in XNAT 1.3 – to the point that our documentation is still trying to keep pace. 

In XNAT 1.7, 

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