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From Rhett Garber <rhe...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: designing a GIS app using couchdb
Date Thu, 19 Feb 2009 22:00:54 GMT
On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 1:40 PM, Martin Sarsale
<martin@malditainternet.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 5:35 PM, Rhett Garber <rhettg@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 10:30 AM, Martin Sarsale
>> <martin@malditainternet.com> wrote:
>>> Now, I'm not too sure what is the natural id of the Place documents:
>>> the place name is an option, but probably there's going to be more
>>> than one place with the same name. Any hints?
>>
>> I'm a little biased, and this has nothing to do with couchdb,
>> but I might recommend using the Yelp API for your businesses. If you
>> use the Phone number API
>> (http://www.yelp.com/developers/documentation/phone_api) you can a lot
>> of good 'place' metadata as well
>> as a unique id.
>
> YELP API looks good, but unfortunately (not!) there're other countries
> on earth apart from US and I happen to live in one of those :)
> anyway, using the phone # for ID sounds good, maybe I could add a prefix?

True. It should also support UK and Canada, but that's still a pretty
limited set.

You could also generate some pseudo random id (or let couchdb generate
one) and use
a view and whatever criteria you want to find already created locations.

Rhett

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