On the way from Infochimps: Its Geo APIs that bring to developers data from open sources such as GeoNames and The National Climate Data Center, as well as licensed sources such as Locationary and Foursquare. Now for the twist: The data marketplace is semantifying the geo data with a schema.org approach. This is just the first step in a broader plan to format all data to which its new and existing APIs provide access to in a unified way.
As CTO Flip Kromer explains it, Infochimps takes from schema.org the collection of types it defines. “That was designed for microformat markup in web pages. And we say why not take this tastefully done collection of types and make it so that it can be used by mobile phone and web developers,” he says, so that they can easily and in a unified way build on the databases to which Infochimps provides access. “That if we map that back to a JSON HTTP API world, that’s a really good thing that unlocks a lot of power for developers.”