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 Google Grabs More Geo-Data

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Date posted: 22/05/2009

On Wednesday, Google announced that it would open its servers to geographic data belonging to anyone. This means that developers will be able to quickly build a location-based Web service without having to also manage their own data server. The announcement might be good for many developers, but it's also good for Google itself: the location data will be integrated into Google's search index, making it searchable and, ultimately, capable of generating advertising revenue.

At the Where 2.0 conference in San Jose, Google senior product manager, Lior Ron, introduced an application programming interface (API) for Google Maps Data. Ron explained that the product allows developers to "store custom geographic information on Google's infrastructure, relieving developers of the duty of maintaining data on an infrastructure."

In 2005, Google released an API for its Google Maps services, providing a simple way to create a custom map for a website or build "mashups" using other data sources such as Craigslist rental listings. Now, Google Maps Data API, lets developers dive deeper into the map-making process, using Google's servers to store and manage the geographical data an application or service might need.

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