We’re challenging how people think about data access. Until now, a few providers had all the data, and all the fun. Whereas Google is a search engine that returns sets of web pages, we’re a search engine that returns sets of data.
Houston, TX (PRWEB) October 11, 2011
Datafiniti, the first search engine for data, today launched into public beta, providing the ability to quickly compose custom data sets on the fly using web-based structured search queries or an easy-to-use Application Programming Interface (API). Built upon large scale web crawling technology, Datafiniti sources and builds data sets using information publically found across the Web.
Users simply enter a search query or API call, and Datafiniti extracts this data from the Web. The result is a curated data set based on your query delivered in real-time, adding rich layers of information to everything from software applications to direct marketing campaigns.
For example, a real estate agent might create a data set of properties below the average listing price for a neighborhood to help match homes to price sensitive buyers. Or, a mobile app developer for a major brand might build a data set on anyone who has mentioned that brand on social networks like Twitter and Facebook to better inform a new social media campaign.
“Datafiniti is a very ambitious project,” said Shion Deysarkar, founder and CEO of Datafiniti. “We’re challenging how people think about data access. Until now, a few providers had all the data, and all the fun. If you care about data, which generally means that you’re a developer or marketer, all you have to do now is search. It’s that simple. Whereas Google is a search engine that returns sets of web pages, we’re a search engine that returns sets of data.”
Data has historically been difficult and expensive to access due to costs associated with gathering, processing and curating data sets. Additionally, many legacy providers make it expensive and cumbersome to access data in the format and scale customers demand today.
Datafiniti alleviates these pain points by creating a unified portal that grants access to the Web’s data in an approachable, structured manner. Constantly adding more data to its underlying index, Datafiniti currently queries against approximately 50 million rows of data. Continual refreshes ensure data is kept recent, comprehensive and growing.
“The importance of data-driven journalism grows by the day and we stay ahead by using services like Datafiniti to source meaningful data that creates leads, and reinforces our stories,” said Grant Robertson, senior editor, The Daily Dot. “The future of journalism won’t just interview people; the future of journalism must also interview the supporting data.”
To access the API, developers can register for an API key and immediately begin accessing data, 2,000 free records per month.
Datafiniti is available today with the following data types:
- Location and Places – including business name, address, reviews, latitude, longitude, and more
- Social and Identity – including name, current title, place of work, education, social profile usernames, Twitter handles, public activity stream data and more
- Product – including name, price, manufacturer name, reviews, ratings, product codes and more
- News – including content from top sites, blogs and news aggregators
- Real Estate – including address, MLS value, price, agent name, number of bed and baths, number of floors, neighborhood, county and more
As Datafiniti’s search index grows, a wider variety of data types will be added and made searchable.
Today, Datafiniti is already being used by a variety of customers, including ReachLocal, Factual, Black Locus, SimpleGeo and The Daily Dot.
For more information visit: http://www.datafiniti.net/.
Datafiniti encourages visitors to explore data set possibilities and offers a generous quota of data for free. If you are interested in acquiring data through Datafiniti, the search engine offers data for sale through subscription based pricing and per-unit based pricing. To learn more about pricing, simply search for data, and Datafiniti will provide an automatic quote.
Datafiniti is the first search engine for data. It combines the familiarity of a search engine with the breadth of the Web’s data, creating custom data sets generated in real-time to match user queries. It is the simplest way to search and access all types of data, ranging from identity data, to web page data, to news, to products to ratings and more.
Datafiniti is privately funded and based in Houston, Texas.