WikiLocation: A Geo API for Wikipedia

Adam DuVander, March 1st, 2011

WikiLocationThere are any number of questions that can be answered by Wikipedia, but you can add “where am I?” to the list. Given any latitude/longitude coordinates, the WikiLocation API will find you corresponding Wikipedia articles to tell you about your surroundings.

Now you can create maps like the flagship Google Maps site has done, showing Wikipedia articles on a map. WikiLocation will be most useful from mobile applications. Help travelers find out the historical significance of their location, or use it to learn something about your own city that you don’t know.

The API also connects itself to several other services, including the Foursquare API, Gowalla API and Yahoo “where on earth” (WOE) IDs. Rather than using coordinates, you can pass an ID from one of these services to retrieve Wikipedia articles.

WikiLocation is an unofficial API and was created by mobile developer Ben Dodson. Dodson also created the Tube Updates API, an unofficial service built from Transport For London’s station update website.

Where am I? There are many ways that technology helps answer that question. It’s also possible to answer

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3 Responses to “WikiLocation: A Geo API for Wikipedia”

March 20th, 2011
at 12:14 pm
Comment by: Geo Wiki Search toont Wikipedia-artikelen uit je directe omgeving « Wiki loves bieb

[...] Wikipedia heeft drie weken geleden een Application Programming Interface (API) gepubliceerd die het mogelijk maakt dat de geografische data die horen bij de inhoud van de encyclopedie worden gekoppeld aan andere software. Dat is goed nieuws, want locatiegebaseerde toepassingen (van Foursquare tot Twitter) worden steeds populairder. Het is goed dat Wikipedia daar ook op inspeelt. [...]

April 7th, 2011
at 6:30 am
Comment by: John

Great did know this is possible.
Will use it

June 9th, 2011
at 10:37 am
Comment by: Query Wikipedia By Location in 36 Languages

[...] Wikilocation API has expanded to include 36 languages. The geo API for Wikipedia allows developers to find articles with subjects near a specific location. With the new languages, [...]

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