Open Places is presented to you by Trazzler. The same people are working behind the scenes. We made the name change to more accurately reflect our new mission, which is to make our editorially selected and vetted content available free to nonprofits, public radio stations, parks, schools, tourism bureaus, publications, and other approved organizations.
What happens to my existing Trazzler content?
You may see your content appear more frequently on the sites of nonprofits, such as public radio stations, parks and tourism bureaus. We're working on ways to notify you when your work and byline are featured on nonprofit websites. Other than that, everything remains the same.
What happens to my Trazzler account?
Your user name, password, submissions, profile settings and friends remain in place under the new openplac.es domain. You can continue to use whatever email address you like, or Facebook Single Sign-On. You don't have to change anything.
What do I get out of submitting writing or photography to Open Places?
We have selected hundreds of contest winners, awarding more than $360,000 in freelance writing and photography contracts. Winners have traveled to places like Chicago, Whitefish, New York City, San Francisco, Tonga, and more. Additionally, you get a byline and a customized personal profile. Since your byline follows your work wherever it goes, you may show up on popular sites like Salon.com and VisitCalifornia.com. Many of our contributors have used their customized personal profiles as resume builders, to secure other paid gigs, and to sell books.
Why Doesn't Open Places Use Creative Commons Copyright Licenses?
Our goal is to make Creative Commons Copyright Licenses a component of Open Places. We have a significant amount of legacy content to support, and going forward, third-party mobile applications will be funneling new content into Open Places. We're working on it, and eager to support the Creative Commons mission going forward.
Do you have an API?
All of our editorially selected and vetted content is available free to nonprofits, public radio stations, parks, schools, tourism bureaus, publications, and other approved organizations. This content can be plugged into iPhone apps, websites, guidebooks, slideshows, newspaper and magazine features, and tourism brochures. We welcome inquiries from commercial organizations as well.
Email us for access.
Several users have asked about lack of content in lots of places like India, China, Africa, South America, Central America, the Caribbean... The world is a big place and Open Places isn't anything like the usual travel info clearinghouses. We're creating our content from scratch. We're not scraping other sites or rehashing logistical information from existing guides. We don't publish everything that's submitted, either. It's going to take longer this way, but we think it will be worth it in the end. Why not help us fill in the gaps by contributing?
Login with Facebook is a service Facebook provides that allows you to create accounts with third-party websites, such as Open Places, using your Facebook user name and password. The benefits include not having to create yet another account, bringing your Facebook friends to Open Places. All you need to do is
click sign up,
then "Login with Facebook." If you are logged into Facebook, then that's all there is to it (otherwise you'll be prompted by Facebook to enter your Facebook username and password). Note: Open Places does not store or have access to your Facebook login information.