This week I received an email from MetaCarta in which they announce the end of their generous conditions for using their web services as well as some major technology changes.
Sad news as this surely means the 'beginning of the end' of the free usage of MetaCarta's geoparser tool which I used for Geoblogosphere News to identify placenames and locations mentioned in blog posts. Fortunately, Yahoo! has released their Placemaker geoparsing Web service last autumn, so there is an alternative!
We are improving the capabilities of MetaCarta's powerful Geographic Search & Referencing Platform (GSRP).Over the next 30 days we'll be transitioning to a new system for MetaCarta Web Services. After this transition is complete you will no longer be able to access the current OnDemand service. If you would like to sign-up for a free 30 day trial account to try our new Web Service you can do so at our developers page.