10 thoughts on “Factual Sees Open Data As Its Future”

  1. Looks like wiki spreadsheets for structural data with API. Still has limitation that we can’t add columns, for example latitude and longitude for restaurants.

    On revenue model, it is ok to charge for premium API since it hosts infrastructure. Still hope to have some mechanism like Hg or Git to make open database distributed and synced, so other companies can host the data if they wish.

    1. Johann,

      As a matter of factual…users can add columns to Factual tables–new columns, or joined columns from other tables.

      As for data consistency, syndicated Factual tables on external sites push and pull data from Factual, so any changes made to a Factual table, syndicated or otherwise, affects all instances of that table. The API will operate similarly. Good question!

    1. Ashkay,

      I’m not sure what you mean by partitioning…you can “split up” a Factual table by using filters. Let’s say, for example, that you have a table of food trucks in Los Angeles and you want to see food trucks that only serve Mexican food; apply a filter and the table is now Mexican food trucks in LA.

      Does this answer your question?

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