PublicEarth, a wiki-style site where users can view and edit information about various locations, has raised another $1 million in funding.
The site includes data about more than 5 million locations right now, PublicEarth says, ranging from general interest spots like restaurants and hotels to more specialized locations like haunted spaces and dog parks. The data includes a photo, latitude and longitude coordinates, keywords, and more. It comes from the site’s visitors and from PublicEarth’s content partners.
Michael Rubin, PublicEarth’s former chief product officer, now promoted to chief executive, said the company is “exploring a range of options” for making money. The site shares its data with other location-based services and will eventually charge in some way when that data is used commercially. (Mixer Labs, another site that aggregated location data and shared it with outside applications, was acquired last year by Twitter.) PublicEarth also plans to launch a version of its site this summer that’s aimed at consumers and is looking at lead-generation opportunities.
The new funding was provided by new and existing investors. The company didn’t disclose the new backers, but it previously raised $3 million from Polaris Venture Partners. It’s moving from Boulder, Colo. to Menlo Park in Silicon Valley.