Just recently they published an Open API to give people direct access to the data provided by the company. I have started to write a plugin for WordPress to use the data from this API. Using that plugin you can search for directory informations e.g. restaurants or other trades in a certain town or nearby.
The API offers several types of search which will be integrated in the plugin. The first type of search is a meta search, which enables you to look for a “what” in a not specified “where”. “What” can be anything name or trade based, e.g. ‘restaurants’ or just ‘meyer’. “where” is a location information, which can be a zipcode or town name and a street name (or a combination of these).
After searching for ‘restaurants’ in ‘berlin’ I get a list of results:
telegate is hosting an event called ‘Hackathon’ to encourage developers to come and try out the Open-API. You also have the chance to win up to 5.000 €!