May 26, 2011
LocationGenome is inspired by Pandora’s effort to map out the music genome, which seeks to identify, categorize, tag, and recommend music. LocationGenome would like to do the same thing for places that you might want to visit. The example offered on its site explains the obvious relation to some between organic food groceries, vitamin stores, and vegetarian restaurants. The LocationGenome API aims to help your application take advantage of this type of cross category theme.
MapQuest has launched another API on top of OpenStreetMap (OSM), the Wiki-like editable map of the world. The new search service provides geographic search results for any data added to OSM, such as streets or landmarks. Of note, the MapQuest API provides the service without any API Key requirements or rate limiting.
An email address can be the key to an online identity, and that's just what IDLight is using in its identity lookup API. By supplying either an email address or a URL to the IDLight API you could be turning the key to unlock a swath of identity information.