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BlockAvenue, location-based analytics company, has announced the release of its first BlockAvenue API. The API gives developers access to BlockAvenue's data (e.g. BlockScores, block reviews, neighborhood reviews, counts, etc.). BlockAvenue provides geolocation data on most neighborhoods across the US, often down to the block level. Its database grows everyday and BlockAvenue expects the API to push BlockAvenue towards its ultimate goal.
Being able to store and manage massive amounts of Big Data is one thing; finding a way to make it accessible to developers is quite another. Major vendors such as SAP and IBM are in a race to create a framework that will make it simpler for developers to invoke a layer of services that will allow developers to access data regardless of what format it is stored in without having to, for example, learn arcane interfaces such as MapReduce.