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Looking for restaurants database or webservice

     
6:22 am on Aug 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hello guys,

I'l looking for restaurants database or free webservice that have following info:

- name of restraunt
- country
- longitude and latitude
- small photo of restraunt

Are there any of such databases?

5:02 pm on Aug 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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There are no doubt industry directories, but will cost you a pretty penny to license.

I don't know that I would trust data from any "free" or inexpensive source. I did do a quick Google search, and came across a few forum postings on free databases (a couple of years old) as well as somebody selling one for $20 that he CLAIMS he has redistribution rights to. Bottom line is, if you didn't compile it yourself, and it's not from a reputable source that you can trust, you have no idea where the data came from, and it could get you in legal trouble.

Web sites are generally going to be a no-no, assuming you intend to copy the data - they are going to come after you for copyright violations. They are "free" for users, but certainly don't want to give the data away to other sites.

There's some unsettled law in the area of directories, which has been discussed extensively here. If you are willing to step into a thicket, have a good attorney, and are willing to pay legal fees to defend yourself, perhaps you CAN get away with copying. But not for the faint-hearted.

You could always look at Wiki resturant guides. Make sure you read their licensing terms carefully, though, to make sure it really is OK to copy and use the data in the manner you intend to. Same problem, though, with legal issues: there's nothing stopping a Wiki user from entering data from a commercial directory. A few corresponding misspellings or incorrect addressees (they're put in directories to detect copyright violations) and you're facing a lawsuit.

6:47 pm on Aug 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Yelp has this for the larger cities in the US . . . and an API to boot. I just made a Yelp - Google maps mashup called Lunchbox. and it uses the same elements. I can't give you the link, against TOS but Google "find lunch", I'm #1.
6:54 pm on Aug 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for quick answer.

Of course I don't want stolen databases or something, I found few twenty bucks databases too, but I don't want to buy those. There are some free databases/webservices on the web (hotels, destinations etc) from trusted websites.

Do you know some not very expensive restaurant database?

Also, I think there are some free affiliate programs that have such restaurant databases and/or webservices, but I couldn't find ones in Google.

7:20 pm on Aug 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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monkeythumpa

Thanks. Database is realy nice, but it's US only. I have global website, so I'm looking for worldwide database. But still Yelp can be nice to start. Is it free? Is it MySQL or is it just webservice?

9:19 pm on Aug 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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It is free. It is just a feed you can parse out and do whatever you want to with it.
 

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