Points of Interest Dataset - Frequently Asked Questions

General

What are Points of Interest? / What is the Points of Interest product?
Why should I choose POIDB.com as my Points of Interest data supplier?
What does Points of Interest offer?
How can I use Points of Interest?
What area does the Points of Interest Dataset cover?
Are telephone numbers available?
How do I provide feedback on Points of Interest?

Technical

How was Points of Interest created?
Do I need to be an expert in GIS to use the product?
What is the product's specification?
Can I incorporate Points of Interest in a commercial service or application?
Do I need to obtain mapping separately?
Does POIDB.com provide a set of symbols to use with the Points of Interest Data?
What is a point?
What is a unique reference number?
How accurate is the data?
Can I obtain sample data?
Can I only take the features that have changed within my order area?
How is the data supplied?
If I order Points of Interest, do I have to take all of Australia?
Will the data be updated regularly?

General

What are Points of Interest? / What is the Points of Interest product?

Points of Interest is a dataset containing the location and information on over 300,000 features providing the following types of activites or services:

 Accommodation
 Restaurants and Takeaway
 Attractions
 Sport and entertainment
 Education and health
 Public infrastructure
 Retail
 Transport

For further reading on how the categories are set up refer to the classifications section.

Specific examples of features include shops, schools, medical facilities, dentists, supermarkets, hotels restaurants, and cinemas as well as golf courses, lakes and parks and reserves.

Why should I choose POIDB.com as my Points of Interest data supplier?

As well as the product itself, we can also provide tecnical support for the implementation. The Point of Interest Dataset is continually growing more categories of data and these may be made available when required.

POIDB.com's licensing allows your business to host the POI data on your own systems. You also have the ability to update POI data from POIDB on a weekly basis.

What does Points of Interest offer?

The Points of Interest dataset contains over 300 different types of feature structured within a three tiered classification system that provides a flexible means of identifying and ordering just the types of activity or services you are interested in.

Each feature has latitude and longitude coordinates and address details (where held). Each feature is also provided with unique references and a classification based on the activity or service provided.

The dataset is provided in a common 'tex' file format which is easy to store in spreadsheets, databases and geographical information systems (GIS).

The product is regularly updated (weekly) with new information and these updates are provided to you under the terms of your license.

How can I use Points of Interest?

You can use Points of Interest in one or more of the following ways.

Finding locations

Using a set of coordinates you can find which Points of Interest within a certain category are nearby.

Visualising locations

Using a Geographic Information System (GIS) the coordinates can be used to generate points to represent the features at their geographical location.

POIDB.com provide a suggested set of symbols to help you distinguish one type of feature from another when looking at the data.

Querying features

Databases and GIS provide tools which allow you to query the information to find features that meet specific criteria. Using Points of Interest you could look for something very specific, such as an Internet cafe along a certain road, or more general, such as all secondary schools within a set of postcode areas. Maps can be created from the results. You can link your own information about the feature using the unique references, and also run queries and visualise your own data. You could also query the Points of Interest features against other types of geographic information, such as administrative boundaries to see, for example, how many tourist attractions a particular region has within a specified radius.

This functionality means that Points of Interest supports a wide variety of civic and commercial applications. Current applications include:

 information services
 Distribution and provision of facilities and infrastructure
 Logistics, driver routing and navigation
 Emergency planning
 Location-based services
 Tourism
 Civil contingency plans

What area does the Points of Interest Dataset cover?

The Dataset covers all of Australia.

Are telephone numbers available?

Where available we include the telephone numbers.

How do I provide feedback on Points of Interest?

We have a feedback form that can be completed. POIDB.com will action the feedback as required.

Technical

How was Points of Interest created?

The Points of Interest database has been created by POIDB.com. POIDB.com compile the product from information sourced from a large number of members.

Do I need to be an expert in GIS to use the POI Dataset?

No the data is supplied as a text file and can be easily loaded into a spreadsheet or database. This data can easily be queried to locate POI within a specified radius of a given coordinate. If you want to visualise the data it can be easily imported into Google Maps/Earth.

What is the product's specification?

A technical specification and a dataset sample will be made available upon request.

Can I incorporate Points of Interest in a commercial service or application?

POIDB.com can license the data (subject to agreement) to companies wishing to provide commercial services. If you would like to discuss this further with a dedicated member of staff, please contact us.

Do I need to obtain mapping separately?

Yes, if you wish to use Points of Interests in an application that displays Points of Interest against other types of maps to provide additional geographic context.

Google maps or Bing Maps provide mapping products to overlay POI data on (if required).

Does POIDB.com provide a set of symbols to use with the Points of Interest Data?

POIDB.com provides a set of symbols as individual Bit Maps (.bmp files) which can be extracted and loaded into your Application / GIS system.

What is a point?

A feature representing a real world object. The geometry of a point feature is a single point (a pair of coordinates).

What is a unique reference number?

POIDB.com assigns all Points of Interest in the dataset with a unique identifier (uid). This uid can be used to help with updating the POI data as required.

How accurate is the data?

POIDB.com members update the data using their local knowledge and members haved the ability to report a POI if it is in the wong location or ceases to exist (e.g. Shop closed down).

However like most POI Datasets - they are never 100% correct due to the type of POI that is tracked.

Can I obtain sample data?

Yes. Sample data is available from request

Can I only take the features that have changed within my order area?

Yes we can provide an update of locations that have been modified since last download.

How is the data supplied?

The data comes in an industry-standard ASCII 'Pipe' delimited file format that is downloaded from a POIDB Web Service.

If I order Points of Interest, do I have to take all of Australia?

Customers can choose from a selection of geographic areas such as States or regions.

Will the data be updated regularly?

Yes. Points of Interest is a 'maintained' dataset and customers receive a weekly update to their licensed data holding.

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