[FoRK] freetable.org: Expressions of interest sought
sean at conman.org
Wed Dec 23 00:29:50 PST 2009
It was thus said that the Great Gordon Irlam once stated:
Why, hello. I'll bite.
> Developing a website?
Not at the moment, but I've done a few in my time, and I have a few ideas.
> Don't know how to map zip codes to city names?
No, but less than a minute at Google  brought me to
which has zipcodes for each state, along with the lattitude/longitune of the
center of each zone.
> Unsure why IP address to geographic location data is so expensive when
> ICANN/IANA should require it and make it available for free.
I know why it's so expensive---because it's difficult to keep it
up-to-date for any meaningful result. For instance, our company is based in
Boca Raton, FL , and for one of our /20s , the majority of the
addresses do indeed, map to our datacenter in Boca Raton, but we have two
/24s  going to Charlotte, North Carolina . I'm sorry, but we're 
busy enough with keeping email going ; who's going to pay us to update
ICANN/IANA with our routing choices?
Oh, that's right---parts of that same /20 is *also* going down to Miami,
I did, however, find free databases that map IPs to countries, so that's a
> Annoyed by the developer unfriendly nature of the list of country names
> and country codes you have just found?
No. There's a nice table at the Wikipedia .
> Some friends and I are embarking on a project called freetable.org.
Ah, much like:
Even more amazing, I recently learned that Google Maps lists real estate
sales, and there's even a Google Maps-mashup that allows you track
Pretty cool stuff already. I wish you luck.
> We aim to create a public commons for shared data in much the same way
> Wikipedia created a public commons for textual data. That is, we seek
> to be a centralized real time repository for shared data. Some
> examples of the broad range of data we are considering:
> - classified, realty, job, and personal ads
How does this differ from Craigslist?
> - customer reviews of products and businesses
Amazon does this for every product they sell. And a Google search of
"product review sites" reveals a ton of ... product review sites.
> - app data for open source applications
Such as? That's a prett open-ended description there.
> - geographic, scientific, and economic data
A lot of this already exists on the web, just a few searches away.
> So if you would use freetable, or if you have or know of an open
> dataset that you would like to make use of via freetable, could you
> please reply letting me know what that dataset is.
Sorry for sounding rude, but if there's an open dataset, why would I get
it from freetable instead of the original site?
-spc (Heck, the amount of information I can get from my county appraiser
office  is incredible, and scary ... )
 Literally "zip code database"
 Located at 26°22′21″N, 80°6′23″W---according to another database
mapping US cities to lat/long and was able to download and use for a
proof-of-concept website I built a few years ago.
 4,096 consecutive IP addresses. I could go into technical detail
about how this is determined, but I'll leave that as an exercise for
 256 consecutive IP addresses, and usually the smallest unit that can
be routed via Internet carriers.
 35°11′51″N, 80°50′4″W---same website as 
 A three-man shop
 A small webhosting company
 25°46′32″N, 80°12′39″W
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