We’re always eager to spotlight a cool implementation of Factual — especially when it empowers a community with better information. Earlier this week, SupportGroups.Com launched a support groups directory powered by Factual data. The directory provides over 12,000 listings on several categories of support groups (Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Sex Addicts Anonymous), and helps people find meeting locations by state, city, and neighborhood. What’s more, the site allows people to go back to the original support groups database on Factual and edit/add to the database. “Our ultimate goal,” writes Vic Belonogoff of SupportGroups.com, “is to bring the community the most comprehensive and most accurate Support Groups meeting directory on the web.”

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A use-case like this proves once again that open data isn’t just about data — it’s also about helping people make better choices in their lives.

– The Factual Team