[OSGeo-UK] Unlock - EDINA's gazetteer and geoparser services
jo.walsh at ed.ac.uk
Tue Dec 8 05:49:54 EST 2009
EDINA recently re-launched a set of web services that provide
* gazetteer functions, placename and feature type search,
returning points, bounding boxes or footprints:
* automatic extraction and georeferencing of placenames from free text:
EDINA makes Ordnance Survey GB's data available for research and
teaching through the Digimap platform - http://edina.ac.uk/digimap
If you're attached to an academic body that has a subscription
to the Digimap OS Collection, you can register for an Unlock API key
and use the place search based on OS data sources - the 1:50K gazetteer,
BoundaryLine, Meridian2, CodePoint and extracts from MasterMap.
Unlock Places also provides an open data alternative with global
coverage based on geonames.org - taking daily database updates from
geonames and encouraging Scottish archival projects to contribute back.
Geonames-based gazetteer is made available as an open, public service.
My happy anticipation of the release of some OSGB data in the Spring
exceeds the power of adjectives to express. Though there is still
uncertaintly as to exactly *what* will be released, it should at a
minimum include CodePoint and BoundaryLine, and we'll be able to justify
putting more work into shape-based queries and into exposing more of
PostGIS' spatial functions via web service API.
So I'm keen to get some feedback on this:
- a shortlist of potential API functions which, if someone expresses a
real need relating to their research work, we can look at implementing.
I'm also very interested in getting more feedback on the text parser
from people who have been working with alternatives (such as Yahoo!
PlaceMaker - http://developer.yahoo.com/geo/placemaker/ )
be well, all,
Unlock places - http://unlock.edina.ac.uk/
phone: +44 (0)131 650 2973
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