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April 20, 2011

Zenbu data is released under the Creative Commons Attribution license which means that anyone can access the complete Zenbu database, of nearly 100,000 Points of Interest in New Zealand alone, and use it in their own project or business for free. They can download it or access it through an API. The ONLY requirement is that they must “Attribute” Zenbu, and link to us online.

I think this is pretty damn cool, and so do many others. Zenbu is a truly wonderful information resource that continues to get better and better.

I love hearing about the different places that Zenbu data ends up and I wanted to share a few recent stories.

1. Poqet Directory is a Windows 7 Mobile application developed by the team at TouchManiacs. It is a really slick interface to access the Zenbu data and you should buy it for $2 if you have a Win 7 phone.

2. DineIn http://www.dinein.co.nz/ is a new website aiming to be New Zealand’s single point of reference food website. They launched with a complete nationwide directory of restaurants thanks to Zenbu. Sadly they forgot to provide a link or attribution but quickly added one when we pointed out their mistake. Thanks Dine In!

3. This final really one appealed to my inner data geek. Peter let me know how he was using Zenbu data to help create a New Zealand place name database with point locations that accurately mark town centres. There isn’t any great source of this information at the moment; the data set provided by LINZ is based on scans of paper maps and the place points are known to be wildly (in)accurate.
Peter realised that most towns have a cluster of businesses around the town centre so he could place the Zenbu POI data on top of a set of road maps to quickly identify where the centre of town is for places he had never been to.

Let us know what cool things you are doing with Zenbu data!

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