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YQL support for PlaceFinder

Yahoo! Geo Technologies is pleased to announce the availability of PlaceFinder support in YQL. The geo.placefinder table allows users to make requests to PlaceFinder via YQL queries. The new table provides several different ways to access PlaceFinder. A description of the supported requests and parameters can be retrieved using http://query.yahooapis.com/v1/public/yql?q...&appid=test. Here are a few examples:

Geocoding a street address (1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC) using free-form input format:
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http://query.yahooapis.com/v1/public/yql?q=select%20*%20from%20geo.placefinder%20where%20text%3D%221600%20Pennsylvania%20Ave%2C%20Washington%2C%20DC%22&appid=test

Geocoding a street address (701 First Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94089) using multi-line input format:
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http://query.yahooapis.com/v1/public/yql?q=select%20*%20from%20geo.placefinder%20where%20line1%3D%22701%20First%20Ave%22%20and%20line2%3D%22Sunnyvale%2C%20CA%2094089%22&appid=test

Geocoding an airport code (SFO):
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http://query.yahooapis.com/v1/public/yql?q=select%20*%20from%20geo.placefinder%20where%20text%3D%22sfo%22&appid=test

Geocoding a point of interest (POI) in French:
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http://query.yahooapis.com/v1/public/yql?q=select%20*%20from%20geo.placefinder%20where%20text%3D%22Eiffel%20Tower%22%20and%20lang%3D%22fr%22&appid=test

Reverse geocoding using geographic coordinates:
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http://query.yahooapis.com/v1/public/yql?q=select%20*%20from%20geo.placefinder%20where%20text%3D%2237.416275%2C%20-122.025092%22%20and%20gflags%3D%22R%22&appid=test

Geocoding a street address (701 First Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94089) using parsed input format:
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http://query.yahooapis.com/v1/public/yql?q=select%20*%20from%20geo.placefinder%20where%20house%3D%22701%22%20and%20street%3D%22First%20Ave%22%20and%20city%3D%22Sunnyvale%22%20and%20state%3D%22CA%22%20and%20postal%3D%2294089%22&appid=test

Determining the nearest cross streets and timezone for an address:
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http://query.yahooapis.com/v1/public/yql?q=select%20line1%2C%20line2%2C%20line3%2C%20line4%2C%20cross%2C%20timezone%20from%20geo.placefinder%20where%20text%3D%22701%20First%20Ave%2C%20Sunnyvale%2C%20CA%22%20and%20flags%3D%22T%22%20and%20gflags%3D%22C%22&appid=test
This example illustrates the YQL ability to select only specified fields from the response

We are currently updating the PlaceFinder user documentation to include detailed information about YQL support for PlaceFinder.

Eddie Babcock
Yahoo! Geo Technologies

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