Geographic / Geopolitical
The Americas Open Geocode (AOG) is a public domain database providing geolocation and geopolitical data for the North and South American continent.
The database is comprised of data collected and combined from national, state, county and municipal public domain sources, data generated by
OpenGeoCode, and partnerships with businesses and institutional public domain sources.
There is a compelling need in the geolocation industry for a one stop source of all public domain geolocation data for point-of-interest (POI) of
administrative boundaries, zip codes, significant buildings and corresponding commercial and government enterprises in the US and Canada.
A public domain open gecode database will benefit business and third party application developers by providing a single source (one-stop) access to
all public domain geocoded data, use of the public domain data without restrictions, real-time querying and bulk caching of geocoded data, and creating derivative works.
See how our open source / open data projects can give you unprecedented access to geospatial data from international and national
databases around the globe. We've developed a database CSV data flattening technique for universal access and importation of geospatial
data. You now have universal access to import for your applications from national databases: US Census Buruea, US NGA Geonet Server,
CIA World Factbook, from international databases: ISO 3166 and ISO 639, UNGEGN, FAO, and foreign national databases:
UK PCGN, Canada SGC, and Estonia EKI.
May 21, 2013 - We are unveiling our latest update to our standard CSV Universal Data Exchange (CUDE) for flattening national and international
governmental and standards organization's geospatial database. This standard, and tools we've developed, give
developers the most unprecedented and easy access for extracting, exchanging and importing data reliably and accurately from
national and international geospatial databases worldwide.
Historically, US and other Western governments have mandated to make data collected and compiled by tax dollars be accessible to the public.
In 2009, the Obama administration launched the Open Government Initiative (OGI) to provide a centralized repository for "public access to high value,
machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government." (data.gov).
There is no common convention though, national and international, within the US and other governments on defining public access to data collected.
The access methods, format, layout, and character sets are just some examples where the methodology differs from one department/agency to another and across organizations within.
These differences continue to create a high-cost barrier to those compiling and aggregating high value datasets from multiple sources.
CUDE Standard, Version 1.1
CUDE Datasets (Public-Domain)
Paper: Using Government Data
For those interested in continuing to use our previous standard, you can find our datasets
and tools at the link below.
CUDE Standard, Version 1.04