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Please introduce Geocode.xyz to our audience. What’s your story and how has it evolved so far?What does a geocoder do exactly?Can you give us an overview of how you have built your online platform?How can online businesses benefit from geocoding?In your opinion, what trends are going to be key in the next few years in your industry?Lastly, any exciting news or developments that you would like to share about Geocode.xyz?
Please introduce Geocode.xyz to our audience. What’s your story and how has it evolved so far?I started Geocode.xyz while on vacation in Spain, August 2016. It was a new iteration of a problem I’ve been thinking about since graduate school : “given a description of any location, compute its geographical coordinates, and vice versa.” It is a problem that as of today is still not fully solved.
What does a geocoder do exactly?It takes a textual description of a location, for eg: “Avenue FR DE LA JOSNIERE 13 LE DORAT” and returns a formatted version of the address and its geo-coordinated, in this case: “France x,y z: 46.21766,1.07657 231 m 🇫🇷13 AVENUE DE LA JOSNIERE, Le Dorat, France 87210 Confidence Score: 0.9” Similarly it takes the latitude,longitude of any location on earth and returns its address components, nearby points of interest, etc. Furthermore the geocode.xyz api can extract location information from bodies of text to answer questions such as this one: “Given a book, list all locations mentioned on a map”
Can you give us an overview of how you have built your online platform?One line of code at a time, since the launch, the oldest item in this blog https://geocode.xyz/blog: “ Launch! & 2016 Perl Advent Calendar
How can online businesses benefit from geocoding?A lot of them can, by cleaning up and standardizing the address information present in their databases for making better business decisions. I’ll give you three more ways eCommerce sites benefit from geocoding:
- Knowing where you are reduces the amount of time spent searching for directions
- Geolocation services allow businesses to identify customer locations within specific regions, which enables them to target advertising campaigns towards those geographic zones.
- Population density maps show us exactly how densely populated cities are across the globe. This information helps you decide what types of services are needed within each community.