Back in 2013, the Center for Civic Media at MIT reviewed and selected CLAVIN as part of their evaluation of existing geoparsers CLIFF-CLAVIN: Determining Geographic Focus for News Articles for use in processing news articles. They selected CLAVIN, and began extending it for use within their own open source software package, CLIFF. (Excellent name choice!). CLIFF is a Java-based web service that is extremely useful for geoparsing news stories, with its own set of unique heuristics. Version 1.4.1 of CLIFF was just released today! CLIFF’s principal committer, Rahul Bot (@rahulbot) has also made contributions to CLAVIN. You can read more at

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