Big Data

Venue Adventure! Foursquare’s Grand ‘Harmonization’ Hits Canada

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Foursquare is combing through the venues in its location database, which contains at least 15 million user entries, sifting for duplicate venues and places like “random mountain in New Jersey” or “cab to Kenmare.”

But besides making the data more accurate, Foursquare is making its location database more comprehensive and inexpensive by assigning every place a unique ID number that can be used to find the place in any location database–meaning the Foursquare ID for Balthazar will be attached to its listing on nymag.com, Thrillist and MenuPages, so that developers can easily pull data about the same place from different sources. Today, Foursquare announced the first Canadian partner in this “Venue Harmonization Project“–Yellow Pages is opening up 1.5 million Canadian business listings and information through YellowAPI.com. Read More