Does the TOS allow resue of geocoder results for journalism?
I work at the Los Angeles Times Data Desk, a small team of reporters and developers in the newsroom who conduct analysis for reporting projects and build web applications with a journalistic mission.
Geocoding is important to us. It lets us take a data source of addresses (say, the sex offender registry) and put that on a map so we can do mapping analysis.
From reading your TOS for the API, it's unclear for me whether it would be allowed for us to, say, download points for a batch of addresses, conduct offline analysis and then republish those points as part of a news map either in print or online.
Are there any restrictions in this area with your API, because I see them in the terms for some of your competitors. I had difficulty understanding all of your legal language, so I thought I'd just ask here.
IMHO, this is a niche use of this type of service that has high public interest value and I'd hope that Internet companies that benefit from any increase in the quality of online information would consider an exception for journalistic uses. But I can understand the other side, too, of course. It is your API, after all.
So, if you could help me answer this question, it would be much appreciated.