Blog Posts by Martin Barnes

  • Announcing Yahoo! PlaceFinder

    PlaceFinder iconToday we announce the public release of Yahoo! PlaceFinder, a REST Web service that provides consistent multi-language global geocoding of named places.

    PlaceFinder supports building-level address recognition in over 75 countries, and points of interest, airports, cities, and other place names (including administrative areas) for these countries and the rest of the world.

    In addition to supporting free-form, single-line, and multi-line address inputs, PlaceFinder also supports queries that include cross streets, WOEID, and IATA airport codes. And for the first time from Yahoo! Geo Technologies, PlaceFinder also supports reverse geocoding (give it a longitude/latitude coordinate and get back the nearest address).

    PlaceFinder replaces the Yahoo! Maps Geocoding API. But do not fear if you are using this service: The Yahoo! Maps Geocoding API will continue to be offered until the end of 2010. Information about migrating to PlaceFinder will be available in July.

    It is important to note

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