Bing today launched "Bing Spatial Data Services," adding next generation spatial search to the Bing API offering. This release offers the benefits of cloud hosting and distributed computing, allowing customers to upload their data to our servers and perform spatial queries under the umbrella of their existing Bing Maps License.
Here's how it works.
- Geocode Dataflow API (Batch Geocode):
- Use it to batch geocode large sets of data (upload a process a then download)
- Data Source Management API (Load):
- Use to load, manage (update, delete) data for long term hosting.
- Data can be in a file or a Windows Azure Blob Service location.
- Load is required before being able to query with Query API.
- Query API (Spatial Query):
- Used to query hosted data; a query response can contain a maximum number of 250 results (the new Bing Maps AJAX v7 makes light work of displaying large numbers of points on a map)