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The Four Frictions: Navigating Inefficiencies in Third-Party Data Use

Note: This was originally posted on the O’Reilly Strata Blog on 10/11/13, available here. Incorporating third-party data into your business is always a headache. Issues of format, price, rights, and accessibility consistently introduce inefficiency, slow things down, and generate excess heat, so it’s not inappropriate to refer to them as “frictions.” Using geodata as an exemplar, I’m outlining...

World Geographies Concordance

A large number of namespaces are used to describe the countries, cities, and regions of the world. In fact there are probably too many. Factual has its own World Geographies data. To help our partners translate between it, Yahoo Geoplanet, and Geonames*, we’ve published a concordance that maps our entities to theirs, and the other way...

New Factual World Geographies Data

Factual World Geographies is our dataset of natural administrative geographic entities: postcodes, localities, regions, townships, states, oceans, countries, countries and continents. It contains 5,218,492 geographies with 8,397,298 placenames in nineteen languages. All places are arranged hierarchically, allowing Factual users to determine the relationship of one place to another. The name variants are a great tool for...

Two New Products to Enable Mobile Personalization and Ad Targeting – Geopulse Audience and Geopulse Proximity

This post was updated on June 4, 2014 Factual believes that the future of Mobile will be built on Location.  We now manage data on over 65 million small businesses and points of interest in fifty countries, in twenty-five languages, which we serve to thousands of partners through our API and downloadable files. Thanks to our...

Factual IDs Now Available Under CC-BY License

Factual is a huge supporter of data connectivity: the idea that data gains value when linked to other datasets, and loses value when it is technically or semantically isolated. Pragmatically, this means we recognize that our Global Places data is not the only place data in the world, so we provide a crosswalk of our data...