The Innovative APIs Fueling Location on the Web

Adam DuVander (ProgrammableWeb)
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The geographic API is coming into its own. In some cases, businesses are being created to simply provide the utilities needed by location-based applications. Innovation creates competition and suddenly there are endless possibilities to connect place to our social networks.

Here is a sampling of the pioneering APIs inventing the future:

  • GeoAPI combines your own data with a full set of local points of interest. The result is a platform for augmented reality and location applications that lets you focus on the interface, not the backend.
  • FourSquare turned location-sharing into a game. There is greater access than ever before to an archive of your users’ travels.
  • Twitter implemented geocoded tweets. Combine Twitter’s rapid growth with the number of users with mobile devices and there are numerous possibilities for research and learning.
  • MapQuest ain’t dead yet. The location trail blazer has the only free web service for driving directions. And they let you plot routes anywhere you want—even on a Google Map.
  • CloudMade gives you unprecedented control of how your maps look. Its StyleEditor lets you change the colors and visibility of streets, parks, highways—anything on the map.

This session will showcase the best of what’s available in location APIs and show examples of what is being built with them by forward-looking developers.

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Adam DuVander writes about APIs and mashups for Programmable Web. His location-related work for has been seen on MSN, Yahoo and the Wall Street Journal. No Starch Press will publish his how-to book about mapping and location in 2010.

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Michael Smith
05/06/2010 10:55am PDT

I enjoyed this session. Trying to find varying/useful mapping APIs and location conversion tools has always been problematic. You had a lot of good resources. This was the only session from which I bookmarked a lot of sites.

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Adam DuVander
05/06/2010 7:14am PDT

I appreciate the feedback, Tim. I tried to make the talk useful for attendees with different backgrounds. It sounds like I could have gone more advanced for you. Thanks for letting me know.

Tim Woods
05/06/2010 6:50am PDT

A little boring because it dragged too much. Interesting tools and concepts, but presented too slowly.

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Adam DuVander
05/05/2010 11:01am PDT

You can find my slides from this talk on Slideshare:

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