Algolia Places updates ⛳️

Hello :wave:

For the past few months, I’ve been working 100% of my time on the Places project. As you may know, Places is an easy to integrate address/city/country search autocomplete through a front-end lib.

However, in this post, I want to focus on the backend project which extracts, process and indexes the datasets. The project adds new features, bugs fixes and improves the data quality & relevance without requiring any upgrades from your part.

For this release and the next ones, we set the primary focus on improving the data quality and completeness of all records, while providing a more frequent and robust tested release cycle.

I will share with you here the latest improvements and upcoming ones:

[1.1.1] - Active development

[1.1.0] - 2017-05-15

  • Regular bug fixes & improvements
    • Fix typo in customRanking formula
    • Fix cities with empty field population whenever data is available
    • Adding PPLG city type from Geonames #399
  • Fix states/region cities homonyms (14k records fixed) #333
  • New testing tool covering 100% of France streets
  • Global Test & Metrics importer tool
  • Add US States abbreviation search capability
    • Ex: “Juneau, AK” for “Juneau, Alaska”
  • Computing and returning the mid-point of streets for the _geoloc field
    • The coordinates provided for each street was random
  • Get Places records by objectID #381
  • Fresh datasets (OSM + Geonames) with 265k new records

As always, if you have any feedback, don’t hesitate to reach out here :slight_smile: