Update 9/27/16: Learn about the importance of location validation and how we do it on our new page covering our Location Validation Stack.
Note: This was originally posted on O’Reilly Radar on 8/15/14, available here.
We’re very pleased to announce the release of Factual’s Geopulse Geotag, a reverse geocoder optimized for the geographic labelling of images, messages, events, and digital assets created on mobile devices. Geopulse Geotag features global coverage, high-volume API access, economical pricing, entity IDs, and an on-premise option. It is powered by data from OpenStreetMap and other open data sources, cleansed and normalized by Factual.
We are very pleased to launch today the Factual Trusted Data Contributor Program. These organizations work directly with businesses and brands, and in-turn ensure that their data is represented accurately in Factual. We have selected a limited number of partners who provide high-quality data to Factual and equally excellent service to their customers. These organizations have a large number of SMBs and national brands under their belt, and we gladly help them disseminate their customer’s data with fidelity across our network. It’s our pleasure to work with the following organizations:
Note: This was originally posted on VentureBeat on 4/30/14, available here.
Note: This was originally posted on the O’Reilly Strata Blog on 10/11/13, available here.
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 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 placename disambiguation, while the ‘neighbors’ relationships will return what places are found adjacent to other places. Basically this is a great resource if you work with non-cartographic, geographic data.
This post was updated on June 4, 2014
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 to known entities, and tools to match and enrich your own.