SxSW 2011: Foursquare "Venues Project" (Venue Harmonization Coordination) Now Available

Foursquare launched an initiative called the "Venues Project" or "venue harmonization coordination". Their aim is to create the "social places database," as co-founder Dennis Crowley calls it. "Some folks have taken a stab at this, but we think we can do it the right way," he says.The goal of foursquare's Venue Harmonization Map is to […]

Foursquare launched an initiative called the "Venues Project" or "venue harmonization coordination". Their aim is to create the "social places database," as co-founder Dennis Crowley calls it. "Some folks have taken a stab at this, but we think we can do it the right way," he says.

The goal of foursquare's Venue Harmonization Map is to translate between these databases, making it easier to create mash-ups, link to pages on other sites, or add foursquare widgets like "Add to foursquare" to publisher sites.

"Right now, there's no Rosetta Stone for location, allowing you to link information about a real-world place from one database to any other. For instance, if you look up a restaurant in the foursquare API, we give you our ID number for that location. But if you were to look up the same restaurant in The New York Times or MenuPages , they'd have a different ID number in their database. The Venue Harmonization Map aims to solve that, by translating those numbers so that you only have to look up the ID once. So, for instance, if you know the URL of a restaurant on Thrillist, you can find that same restaurant in our database," explains foursquare.

Starting today, the foursquare venue APIs offer ways for finding and searching by third-party IDs and URLs from The New York Times, New York Magazine, Thrillist, and MenuPages.

There a bunch of other great reasons to use our Venues API:

  • There's an API endpoint for trending, so you can see what's popular in real time.
  • Apps can use the API to tag photos (like Instagram), drinks (like Untappd), or any other data.
  • You can also do things like build neighborhood photo or tip browsers to create local resources.

More Info: Venue Project

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