[OSGeo-Discuss] Anyone interested in geocoding and routing?

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Fri Nov 7 23:41:33 PST 2008

I was not in Africa for FOSS4G but i understand. Your point was actually
part of my assumptions - let me try again.

I have a Java API (very simple String + Extent) that I have backed on to
that http://geocoder.us/ and then onto customers shape files as uDig based
projects require. You are welcome to use that as a starting point; I also
would recommend geotools as an environment to start off a project with small
scope such as this one.


Weren't we in Africa and learn our lessons? An API is not good enough
> if the software/application is offline - or even on a slow connection.
> And SOAP?!
> There is an incredible need for an *open* and hopefully lightweight
> geocoder. Yes, this can have an API on top of it using whatever format
> - but needs to be able to run offline/locally if the data is
> available.
> I think OpenRouteService "looks" really promising, but based on brief
> interchanges they are not yet interested in actually sharing the
> source code yet. Claims of "difficult to setup" prevent them.
> Honestly, that is not a good reason - open-source obviously doesn't
> (yet) come with an expectation of being easy to setup. Hopefully
> they'll share the source and engine soon. Otherwise I'm confused on
> the Open* part of their name.
> Andrew
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