OpenCage Geocoder

July 12th, 2014 by John No comments »

OpenCage (from Lokku Limited) is a new and promising contender if you’re looking for an easy way to geocode (both forward (i.e. address to lat/long) and reverse (i.e. lat/long to address)).

Cost

According to their FAQ, OpenCage will be free while in beta:

During the beta period, use of the OpenCage Geocoder is free of charge; the pricing page will always have the latest information.

Libraries

Multiple client libraries (e.g. in Python, Ruby, PHP, Javascript) make calling OpenCage very simple.

Results

OpenCage returns results in either JSON, GeoJSON, XML, a map, or google-v3-json format.

Give it a try using their quick start. A free key is all you need to run their examples.

Readmill closing; Team joins Dropbox

June 23rd, 2014 by John No comments »

According to the Readmill.com closing announcement:

Our team will be joining Dropbox, where our expertise in reading, collaboration and syncing across devices finds a fitting home. Millions of people use Dropbox to store and share their digital lives, and we believe it’s a strong foundation on which to build the future of reading. We’re delighted to work alongside this talented team and imagine new ways to read together.

Interesting times ahead for Dropbox. I’m curious to see how they incorporate the lessons learned by Readmill in their platform.

Decoding Anglo-Saxon art: The British Museum

May 29th, 2014 by John No comments »

Rosie Weetch, curator, and Craig Williams, illustrator, British Museum provide a brief guide for understanding the transition of Anglo-Saxon art between the 5th and 11th centuries in a recent blog post on The British Museum’s website. Based on three significant examples (a 6th century Isle of Wight brooch, a Sutton Hoo gold buckle, and the Fuller Brooch), they show how styles shifted from the birds’ heads and often obscure figures to the Trewhiddle Style in the 9th century with the Fuller Brooch. A fascinating and brief view into some beautiful works of art.

Sutton Hoo gold buckle; Source: The British Museum blog (5/28/2014)