Urban Mapping Expands Neighborhood Boundary Database

May 08, 2009

Urban Mapping, Inc. (UMI), a provider of location-rich content for interactive applications, unveiled enhancements to the company's URBANWARE Neighborhoods database. The database's coverage incorporates nearly 8,000 new neighborhoods in the U.S. and 500 new neighborhoods across Canada and Europe. In addition, Urban Mapping has added the capability to incorporate user feedback in its offering. The company can now merge data from its thousands of existing sources with input from local residents that best understand the dynamics of their neighborhoods. Urban Mapping's neighborhood data recognizes that a location can technically be in two or more neighborhoods, Urban Mapping eliminates binary boundaries and replaces them with conditional boundaries. The neighborhood database also assigns a "prominence" factor to all locations situated within the conditional boundaries. This "prominence" factor determines and then assigns a dominant neighborhood to each location, allowing applications to produce binary boundaries while avoiding double counting.