Plazes API

Plazes, a very nice user-location mapping site, has released a API for all your mashup/application consumption. Announced here

With all these API's I wonder about conflicts of licensing and terms. They all have their little niggles: no realtime, no commercial use, limited number of queries, limited by directory, etc. etc. I have a feeling people are going to break lots of these terms without realizing it. Of course, the data originators probably won't mind until either their servers start getting crushed, someone tries to sue them for bad data, or the masher makes serious bank.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.