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Friday, February 17, 2012

that's a big feature of  and why the feds like it so much. You can share without sharing.

- @cageyjames (James Fee) in a tweet in response to a tweet regarding how "it's impossible to find that dataset on their site without that direct link"

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/17 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

What is this? OpenGeocoder is an experiment in creating and serving geocodable results. Places are turned in to bounding boxes. Large datasets, processing and geocoding software is skipped. Instead a simple mapping between strings and boxes is used. All data submitted is placed in the public domain for anyone to use.

How do I use OpenGeocoder? Search using the text box. If your result is not found you are given the ability to add it. Drag the rectangle corners around until the rectangle covers the place you searched for and then click 'Save'. Your data is placed in to the public domain for anyone to use.

It's from Microsoft (and has Microsoft license) and was introduced by Steve Coast on a mailing list Thursday.

via @cageyjames

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/17 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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