Re: [web-49] Mapping APIs

From: Chris B.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 11:51 AM
Hi Tommy.
 
It really matter what you need (restaurants, parks, geographic features, etc.), how you will use it (commercial vs. non-commercial), primary regions (different services have different concentration of content) and display method (web page, device, etc.).
 
There are POI or local search APIs available from a lot of companies including Yelp, Google, Virtual Earth, Yahoo, OpenStreetMaps (via CloudMade) and many others that are more specific in their content coverage. 
 
Looking to local search rather that POI is probably a good idea.  Generally, the main difference is that one company owns the grooming of POI data and will be slower to update whereas local search is generally indexed from the web with quicker turn around.  The downfall of local search is that not everything is always online and it could be less accurate depending on the type of data.
 
I am more than happy to chat offline if you want to keep certain aspects quiet.  Also, I do consulting in the LBS arena if you are interested.
 
Thanks.
 
Chris Butler

Sent: Wednesday, January 28,[masked]:34 AM
Subject: RE: [web-49] Mapping APIs

My company, Eventful, has an api for accessing event data ?

 

http://api.eventful.com/

 

Regards,

 

Tim

 

Timothy A. Breidigan

VP Business Development

Eventful, Inc.

 

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From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Tommy Wu
Sent: Wednesday, January 28,[masked]:28 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [web-49] Mapping APIs

 

Does anyone know of a good API for locating points of interest (POI) in the US (or internationally)?  Use case example: I supply the city name, the API supplies a list of important POIs for that city.

 

Thanks,

Tommy





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