We posted details of our Global Local schema recently: our intention was to make Local development on a global scale easier by abstracting country-specific attributes against a uniform naming convention. On the whole, this move has been very well received – not least for our accentuating simplicity above other concerns. The problem remains, however, that API developers creating global applications are required to know in advance the equivalent table name for each country, and which attributes of the superset are supported for each.
This past weekend, Factual had the opportunity to co-sponsor data in sight: making the transparent visual, a data visualization competition organized by Creative Commons, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Swissnex San Francisco. Adobe was generous enough to host the event at their spacious offices in San Francisco.
Today we are announcing a strategic partnership with SimpleGeo to jointly create a more comprehensive location data infrastructure solution for developers and publishers. Through the partnership, SimpleGeo will incorporate Factual’s global places data into its Places API to make it even easier and more convenient to create web and mobile applications.
We wanted to let you know about two cool hackathons Factual is co-sponsoring this weekend!
As we blogged about in an earlier post, Gil spoke at the Data Scientist Summit in Las Vegas last month. The one-day event brought together technologists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and data scientists to share their thinking on big data. A video of Gil’s session,Top Dataset Masters – Major Mashups in Action, was recently posted online. If you couldn’t attend the event in person, be sure to watch it, as well as from the summit. (Note: Gil appears at around minute 13. Also, you’ll have to briefly register with www.greenplum.com to see the video).
Looking for something to do this weekend? Factual is participating in HAPI Hack Weekend, a hackathon focused on building innovative applications using APIs. The 3-day event will take place at TokBox’s HQs in San Francisco from Friday, June 10th to Sunday, June 12th. The event brings together designers and developers for a chance to win prizes, meet reps from leading tech companies, and, of course, build some really cool apps.