Ushahidi Announces GeoDict: free form geo finder/geocoder
But this week the organization [Ushahidi parent org, Swift River] announced that it is adopting an open source alternative called GeoDict. GeoDict, which was created by ReadWriteWeb contributor Pete Warden, detects, standardizes and returns coordinates for text regarding 2.7 million locations around the world. As a part of the deal, Warden has officially joined Ushahidi parent organization SwiftRiver.
A Web service is planned.