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The Local Land Grab

September 27, 2010

is a really interesting article from Chris Smith about the “land-grab for ownership of local data” that is heating up around the world at the moment.

Chris discusses the “database of places” which is a key building block for many of the innovative apps on the technological frontier of “local”, “geo” and “mobile”. This database is the information about what is where; landmarks, locations and particularly business details –  all the information that is collected in Zenbu.

Chris Smith argues that a truly open solution will not happen. Obviously he isn’t familiar with Zenbu (and fair enough too, NZ isn’t bold on the international technology radar).

Zenbu has an amazing database of places in NZ (and the Cook Islands) and conforms to the Open Knowledge Definition:

“A piece of knowledge is open if you are free to use, reuse, and redistribute it — subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share-alike.”

This material is Open Data

Chris ironically notes the comment that Wikipedia once seemed like a long shot and preposterous notion, but today it is a mind boggling information resource. I believe an Open Database of Places is possible, and Zenbu could be it.

One Comment
  1. James permalink
    October 21, 2010 8:51 pm

    I’m new here but what potential this has !
    I don’t mean to walk in and tell you how to run your shop, but I wonder, if you can benefit from the enthusiasm of the hundreds of geo-cachers out there, especially now that there are many brilliant applications for cellphones that can record media, gps, compass etc and store it and upload it when data conditions ( like price) allow the reward being inclusion in a community. You need a forum 🙂

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