NORWICH, Vt., USA (February 3, 2009) — Maponics LLC, provider of neighbourhood boundary data, announced the beta release of the MAPONICS SPATIAL API – Neighborhood Data to selected existing customers. With this move, Maponics is claimed to be the first data development company to deliver its entire neighbourhood dataset via an application programming interface (API), including all neighbourhood boundaries. This database covers 60,000 (and growing) neighborhoods in over 2,300 U.S. and Canadian cities.
Maponics’ neighbourhood map data is being used by companies such as infoUSA, Dominion Enterprises (eNeighborhoods and Homes.com) and Citysearch. The introduction of the MAPONICS SPATIAL API – Neighbourhood Data will mean that even more companies involved in local search, real estate, targeted marketing and social media can access premier neighbourhood data and postal data on a transactional basis. This is an attractive option for businesses looking to minimize the internal resources allocated to managing complex spatial data.
Maponics expects to announce full API availability for all of its datasets in March 2009. At that point every new customer will have the choice of API access or quarterly data deliveries in one of many file formats. Datasets offered via the API will include boundaries and information for all neighborhoods, ZIP Codes and postal carrier routes in the United States.
Specific queries supported will include:
• List of neighbourhoods closest to a location point
• Neighbourhood in which a latitude and longitude point or typed address falls
• List of neighbourhoods within a city, ZIP Code or state
• Neighbourhood boundary (ready to map latitude and longitude points) surrounding a given address or location point
“With the robust functionality of our neighbourhood data API, and the various pricing packages, we’ve removed the traditional hurdles so that just about any organisation can start improving their geo-targeting.” says Darrin Clement, president and CEO of Maponics.