Progenitor of Apple Maps, Fannie Mae geo housing Websites, domains for sale
03/05/2016

DataPlace and KnowledgePlex have been put up for sale. DataPlace, whose mapping technology was developed by the same crew that later would produce Apple Maps.

Online PR News – 05-March-2016 – Kansas, City MO – DataPlace and KnowledgePlex have been put up for sale. DataPlace, whose mapping technology was developed by the same crew that later would produce Apple Maps [NASDAQ: APPL], and KnowledgePlex, the first pioneering effort by Fannie Mae [OTCBB: FNMA] Foundation to inform neighborhood community development throughout the country, are now on the auction block.

In the early 2000s, just as the real estate market in the United States was rocketing upward, the Fannie Mae Foundation launched KnowledgePlex, an online resource designed to provide critical data and tools on housing and community development issues to affordable housing leaders and consumers.
This initial effort grew into the launch of DataPlex, eventually rebranded DataPlace, a national data resource allowing consumers to obtain housing and community development data based on neighborhood identifications of their choosing – local, regional, and national. DataPlace was created by a number of top developers in Silicon Valley, some of whom went on to prominent roles within top companies in the technology industry.

As the real estate market began to crash toward the end of the decade, the Fannie Mae Foundation’s ability to maintain KnowledgePlex and DataPlace was put in peril, and eventually they went dormant. While the underlying mapping technology that drove the geo features of DataPlace are no longer on display, they are encoded in the DataPlace backend servers; the developer team ended up at Apple and led the initiative called Apple Maps.

Keeping these legacy products alive, the former manager of both initiatives at Fannie Mae Foundation has been hosting the servers and preserving the mothballed mapping tools. He has decided now is the time to part ways with them and put them up for sale.

A more detailed version, warts and all, of the KnowledgePlex and DataPlace story can be found at dataplace4sale.com. Included in the sale are:

Two coveted domain names that can be repurposed with strong branding potential.
Underlying database and mapping technology and intellectual property that exemplifies the millions of dollars of investment these projects exhibited.
A relevant portrait of how complex data can be offered online in user-friendly formats to consumers.
A unique example of how technology can be employed to benefit elected leaders, academics, and other influencers concerned with affordable housing and community development issues.

Sale of the domains and technology are being held at flippa.com -> https://flippa.com/3031400-dataplace-and-knowledgeplex

For more information, contact:
Troy Anderson
info+auction@dataplace.org
408-868-8624