[Geowanking] API for updated & comprehensive business data based on geolocation

John Pataki john.pataki at gmail.com
Mon Jan 24 13:06:48 PST 2011


Obviously free is most desired...
Paying for the service would be an option, depends on how much and what the service is providing above the freely available services.


On Jan 24, 2011, at 12:54 PM, Ian White wrote:

> And I presume you don't want to pay for the service?
> 
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> From: John Pataki <john.pataki at gmail.com>
> Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:23:23 -0600
> To: "geowanking at geowanking.org" <geowanking at geowanking.org>
> Subject: [Geowanking] API for updated & comprehensive business data based on geolocation
> 
> I am building a mobile app that will display businesses in your proximity based on your current geo location.
> I need to figure what options there are for having the app consume an API service for the data.
> I've built a proof-of-concept app to pull data from Yahoo's Local Search database table using YQL.
> This has a limit of 20 results and I believe has other usage limits.
> The Google Local Search has been recently marked as deprecated and it only returns 8 results anyway from my testing.
> Both of these only allow searching based on a keyword vs specific category selection.
> 
> I am looking for a data source that will provide comprehensive results for business categories (i.e. restaurants, etc) and provide info like:
> 
> Longitude/Latitude
> Name of business
> Address
> Category
> Price Range
> Hours of operation
> 
> Does an API exist out there that allows more than 20 results and is fairly comprehensive that is recommended?
> 
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> John
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