Ogre, which transforms geographic data from 16 different formats into GeoJSON, the preferred new format for geolocation Web app developers.Wisconsin developer Marc Harter has released a new Web service, command line tool and open source software called
"When you take data from a old non-web formats and make them Web friendly, then great things happen," Adam Duvander, editor at developer blog Programmable Web and author of the forthcoming book Map Scripting 101, said of Ogre's release.
Location-enriched data sets are everywhere and available about everything you can imagine, but it's a new geolocation world and many of today's lightning-quick Web app developers like JSON more than any other format.
Transforming legacy location data into a Web-app-friendly format could turn a big world of out-of-reach resources into fodder for the apps and innovation of tomorrow. It's a magical thing Marc Harter has done.