ReadWriteWeb reports that Foursquare are aiming to create a ‘Rosetta Stone’ for location:
"As location-based services continue to spring up, it's becoming increasingly important that these companies have access to correction location data. However, there's no one place where developers can go to access or verify this data, and there's no single database for location-based information.
But Foursquare has just announced an effort to move things in that direction: a "venue harmonization map" that it says it hopes can serve as a Rosetta Stone, of sorts, for location data.
Part of Foursquare's new initiative involves opening its Venues API and removing some of the restrictions on access to it. The API will be available at higher rate limits, but more importantly, now developers will be able to search Foursquare venues and find associated data - such as tips, photos, and trending check-in information - without requiring their end-users to authenticate via Foursquare."
March 15, 2011 Misc.