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Open source geocoding is here

This necessary evil of geocoding needs to be adopted by everybody, so you can type an address and get the same functionality around the world.
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Written by Dana Blankenhorn, Inactive on
This is big. Really big.

SRC has made its Explorer geo-coding open source, under the LGPL license.

What this means, in English, is you can now tag any address with longitude and latitude data for use in applications, under the LGPL.

Commercial versions of such software have cost $50,000, CEO Dean Stoecker told me.

Why is he doing this?

Because geocoding is the cornerstone for spatial geographic information, we want to expand spatial literacy and give our the most fundamental tool away.

We hope someone develops a reverse-geocoding from our engine so you can say where am I and it gives the address.

The mapping guys depend on it, the business intelligence vendors depend on it, and the database guys depend on it.

This necessary evil of geocoding needs to be adopted by everybody, so you can type an address and get the same functionality around the world.

Imagine if you will. Google Maps matched with Explorer to route salesmen (or even political volunteers) to customers (voters) in the most efficient way. Imagine just knowing where you are.  I can't wait to see what applications emerge from this.

Like I said, big.

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