The Yellow Pages Group (YPG) announced today it will join with Foursquare in a project to clean up or “harmonize” venue related data.

The accuracy of business locations in Foursquare and other location based systems is a common and ongoing problem, causing problems for developers and making for a bad experience for end users.

Nicolas Gaudreau, Vice-President, Digital & Print Media, Acquisition & Retention at Yellow Pages Group says:

“Through agreements such as this one, we continue to increase the value proposition of our public API, http://www.YellowAPI.com, and multiply traffic driven to our advertisers by making sure their businesses appear in major online and social networking destinations”

YPG will be brining 1.5 million Canadia business listings into the Foursquare’s venue harmonization project, and will also allow the hundreds of developers using www.YellowAPI.com to integrate foursquare functionality into their apps.

Partnerships like this will be critical in many industries who face big data problems like venue, business and geographic data. The management of this data has to be dealt with in real-time and shared by all providers.

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