So, what about a basic services API?
On the developer site, the stats pages scrape data out of Joomlacode to build those graphs for everyone to brag about how much they've done. With bringing life back into the patch tester component, Brian made a good suggestion for the UI (see http://ux.joomla.org/forum/Miscellaneous-improvements---open-area/1671-patch-tester-ui#1698
) about reporting statuses. The component could do it theoretically, but this would need some sort of API to check in with.