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Re: For 1.5 would it be a good idea to integrate with Geonames?

On 09/05/2013 14:32, Chris Travers wrote:

On Thu, May 9, 2013 at 3:37 AM, Pongrácz István <..hidden..> wrote:

I check it, it seems it can found my village, so, it is working :) As I can see, the licensing is CC and there are some limits (2000 request per hour, 30000 per day) but I think 30000 per day could be enough for most users :)

It should be an option to upload our own geo database, which also could include street names too. In Hungary it is possible to access to a free database, which contains the fresh information.

Certainly their paid downloads would make life easier but my thinking was actually to take the free CC-BY downloads, turn them into a PostgreSQL extension (with attribution, links in the docs, etc).

I am not looking at interfacing with their web services.  I am hoping that it would further be of general interest by geospacial apps so a good place on pgxn would be helpful to us too.  Hopefully it would help cultivate contributions to geonames too.

No I wasn't looking at the web services either, just at the monthly "high quality" downloads where they charge €60 a month for significantly cleaned up data. There isn't an indication of whether you can use this as part of a commercial offering, or embed it into open source code.

I guess the best and most ethical approach is to allow the extension to use either download and let the user decide whether or not they want the high quality paid-for data (in which case they can pay Geonames for it) or the free, lower quality data.