[open-geodata] geocoding services

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Wed Dec 7 16:01:46 UTC 2011

On 4 December 2011 20:48, William Waites <ww at styx.org> wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm looking into doing some bulk street address -> lat,long geocoding
> to enrich some datasets that I'm working with (NHS facilities,
> hospitals, clinics and the like at the moment) and I'm evaluating the
> various options. So far, I've looked at:
>  - google: very accurate, low usage cap, permission to store and
>    redistribute the resulting data very questionable
>  - yahoo: less accurate but still good, much higher usage cap,
>    storage and redistribution of results looks ok
>  - osm/nominatim: unfortunately not very accurate, no caps and
>    complete freedom of reuse and redistribution
> Anything else that's worth looking at? Either a service or a dataset +
> software would be just fine. The ability to reuse and redistribute is
> crucial, obviously accuracy would be nice too...

MapQuest: not sure about details though. http://www.mapquestapi.com/geocoding/

Also what about geonames?
(http://www.geonames.org/export/reverse-geocoding.html - see also


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