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11 January 2008

OpenStreetMap Nestoria (Experimental)

OpenStreetMap Nestoria (Experimental)

Nestoria are looking and experimenting with the OpenStreetMap Data and making some very clever and useful additional usability to finding property (to buy, rent or flatshare). In the UK or Spain

Nestoria Openstreet Map Experiment
With the drop down (more search options) you can be more specific
options:
  • Balcony
  • Basement
  • Dishwasher
  • Fireplace
  • Furnished
  • Garage
  • Garden
  • High Ceilings
  • Lower Ground
  • Parking
  • Wood Floor
Census information can also be applied and helps locate nearby services.

The Mapping Data does vary in places but it is very good to see that this being used and work very well.

Nestoria also have an API for Developers:
http://www.nestoria.co.uk/help/api

Open Street Map is moving on, lots more data is going in. (09-Jan-2008 20:57 3.1GB)
compared to 2.1GB only a month ago (05-Dec-2007 09:42)
http://planet.openstreetmap.org/

Where is all this new data coming from?
Well the OSM servers are flying as at noted the entire Tiger dataset was getting imported

The entire US will be done in: 1499766 seconds or 17 days or 0.047525 years on Monday January 28th at 17:26:08 2008.
(previous blog post noted Sun Aug 24 12:27:57 2008 as the finish date)


Also in discussion is the "The licence: where we are, where we’re going"
http://www.opengeodata.org/?p=262

Mapperz gives full credit to Nestoria and Open Street Map - People outside the UK don't really understand the expense and difficult/complex data licensing that Ordnance Survey produces.
(but it can afford to build a brand new HQ)
*wonder if their government ceramic discs will go missing in the move?

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1 Comments:

At Thursday, January 31, 2008 9:18:00 am, Blogger Giles said...

Hi,

I like what Nestoria are doing. They provide pretty rich information about an area. A site you should check out is www.Hotspotting.co.uk.

We allow users to be specific about the area they want to live in. They can select places that they want to live near (like stations, schools and gyms) in their search. They can also draw the area they want to live in on the map.

We then take all of these location preferences alongside the property preference and rank the results based on the closest match.

I'd love to hear what you think.

Giles Blackburn

P.S. We are working on cross browser compatibility at the moment, so it only works on IE just now.

 

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