A GIS operation for converting street addresses into spatial data that can be displayed as features on a map, usually by referencing address information from a street segment data layer.

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Geocoding that's anonymous, good, and free - does it exist?

For a one-time project, I need to geocode a few thousand addresses. In the past I've used various online resources for this kind of thing (e.g., Google Maps API), but the addresses I'm working with ...
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Work flow for georeferencing imagery using open source tools?

Does anyone have a recommendation for a work flow for georeferencing high resolution aerial photography using open source tools? Comparison of user friendliness and robustness between Quantum GIS ...
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Comparison of geocoding solutions (such as Gisgraphy & PostGIS 2.0)

As I am sure many of you are aware, PostGIS has finally released Version 2.0 and included within this version they have also built a geocoder (see: http://postgis.net/docs/Extras.html). Although I ...
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Would you consider online geocoding a breach of privacy?

Suppose I have a bunch of addresses of individuals participating in a certain study (most likely - health related, where privacy and ethical considerations are always important issues). Nowadays, ...
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How to avoid Google map geocode limit?

I'm creating a custom google map that has 125 markers plotted via a cms. When loading the map I get this message: Geocode was not successful for the following reason: OVER_QUERY_LIMIT I'm pretty ...
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What reliable GeoCoding service would you recommend me?

I'm looking for a web service providing a full address based on coordinates (and reverse). I'm ready to pay for that service. I don't want to use Google's API.
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Bulk Geocode 20 million records

Are there any free or reasonably priced databases for the US which can be searched and return latitude and longitude information?
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Good resources on geocoding algorithms

Do you know of any good resources on geocoding algorithms? I am particularly interested in address query parsing, including matching and weighting parts of the query, dealing with misspellings and ...
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Advice on geocoding IP addresses

What is the best way of geocoding IP addresses? I have ~ 10,000 - 30,000 addresses to geocode once. The IP addresses are from all over the world and I only want the Long/Lat. Accuracy to the city ...
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Is there an open source Geocoding tool which can be used commercially?

Is there any Geocoding tool which is open source and can be used in commercial application? We tried Google geocoding API's but cannot continue with it because of some licensing limitation. Now ...
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Where can I obtain an up-to-date list of US ZIP Codes with Latitude and Longitude Geocodes?

NOTE: This began as a question on Stack Overflow, which has subsequently been closed. I also noticed a similar question about Most Up-To-Date Source for US Zip Code Boundaries, but I believe this ...
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Using web mapping and geocoding to track genealogical data

Over the last year I have gotten involved in researching my family tree. My paternal grandfather came from a remote island in the Atlantic, along with hundreds of others of his generation, and many of ...
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How to maintain integrity between changing street network and geocoded points?

We maintain hundreds of thousands of points geocoded against a dual-centerline Navteq street network. We are faced with the challenge of maintaining referential integrity between our points and the ...
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Geocoding API Comparison

Is there a good updated source for comparing existing Geocoding APIs (i.e. Google, Mapquest) and their features? I'm really interested in their language support as well. For example, Google has ...
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Bulk lookup of address census tract and block

Is there a free or cheap way to code a large number of addresses and return or append the census tract and block data? There are a number of ways to geocode an address and get the lat long, but I ...
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What is the difference between geocoding and georeferencing?

After some googling around both seem to be interchangable words, where we speak of tying the spatial info of a real place and storing in database. But still I am not satisfied, there should be some ...
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Can you query overlapping user-defined polygons at a given point in Google Maps?

I need to find out the limitation of working with the Google Maps API, and the possible solutions for doing semi-complex spatial comparisons. What I'm looking to achieve is a system of comparison ...
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What's the easiest way to do a one-time mass geocode? (580,000 addresses)

I am working on a civics related project and I need to be able to display all the properties in the City of Philadelphia on a map, so I'll need to get the latitude & longitude for all 580,000 ...
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Does Leaflet JS API provide a Geocoding service?

I am considering replacement of Google Maps with Open Street Maps and the Leaflet JS API. Does the Leaflet JS API provide a Geocoding service?
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Geocode quality: Nominatim vs. PostGIS Geocoder vs. Geocoder::US 2.0

I occasionally need to geocode >> 500,000 US street addresses (no features or intersections). I'd like to set up a geocoding service locally to handle these bulk geocodes. I've used the Tiger-based ...
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How would one geocode historical US census records?

I want to geocode census records from the U.S. Here is one example from 1870. This particular census page is from the 6th election district, 8th ward of New York County. Here's one from the 1910 ...
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How would I create my own geocoding web service

I would like to write a geocoding web service for genealogy in Java. Because it is for genealogy, I don't need to go down to the street level. I only need to go down to the county. Looking at ...
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How does IP geocoding work?

I'm trying to understand how using each part of an IP address influences the accuracy of geocoding. For example, if 15.201.xxx.xxx is used instead of 15.201.123.xxx what is the approximate ...
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How to Geocode a City

First, a little disclaimer. I know that I can just call one of any number of geocoding APIs to perform this for me. This is more of a curiosity than anything else. With that aside, how does someone ...
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Geocode address once in google maps, save in database, read geocoded result from there on

Is it possible to geocode an address, save the result in a database, then read that result from there on? I'm using a Google map that is geocoding hundreds of addresses which obviously hit the ...
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Address Standardizer Options

Ok, so with ArcGIS 10, ESRI has depricated 'Address Standardizing' in the new locators, I know you can still use the 9.3.1 locators to do this; but I heavily suspect that after the 10.1 version we ...
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Is there an effective limit to the geoprocessing task Geocode Addresses?

The issue I face has the following background: We are geocoding an immense directory of records. It is something in excess of 100 million addresses. I have split the addresses up into as small a ...
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Full list of ISO ALPHA-2 and ISO ALPHA-3 country codes

I'm searching for a full list of countries with their country codes. Like on this page (need full and valid): http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/country_code_list.htm Thanks.
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Geocoding through a language barrier

This is related to a previous question of mine. It has come to my attention that the streets file I use as my address locator in Canada uses French (or simply accented) characters for the names. ...
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How to reverse geocode with ArcMap?

What steps to I have to take in ArcMap (ArcEditor) to input a lat / long and return nearest address? I found the Reverse Geocode tool but I can't figure out what to put in the "Input Features" and ...
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How to get US Highway exit geocodes using Google maps API or through some other means?

For our application, we need to get all the US interstate highway exits along with their Geocodes. Can you please explain how to get these using Google Maps API or Google Local search or otherwise? So ...
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Why doesn't US One Address locator style have city, state or zip code fields?

I am using the file: C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Desktop10.0\Locators\US One Address.lot To do address resolution on a parcel / polygon layer. I'm trying to understand why the file doesn't contain ...
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Is it possible to geocode street intersections using Nominatim?

Is it possible to geocode the location of a street intersection using Nominatim? Example geocode query Commonwealth Ave at Washington Street, Boston, MA Successful Geocode by Google ...
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How to convert zip codes to latitude and longitude?

I have a data set that includes a list of zip codes. Is there a way in R to convert these zip codes to latitude and longitude coordinates?
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Does anyone use TRS (Township, Range, Section) data?

I recently had a request for TRS/PLSS data and I didn't know anything about it. I have researched it and it looks like it is purely mathematical (for the most part) based on geo-coordinates but I'm ...
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How to Geocode 300,000 addresses on the fly?

I have a database which has 300,000 address, which are to be shown on map. I know if I geo-code all the address it will be too expensive for me. So I was wondering if it is possible to geo-code the ...
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Disambiguate messy place names in python (preferably on local machine)

I have list with several million place names that come from Flickr profiles. Users provided these placenames as free text, so they look like this: Roma, Italy Kennesaw, USA Saginaw, MI Rucker, ...
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Comparing TIGERLine 2006 (and prior) With New Shapefile Format

I have created a geo database using MySQL and the TIGERLine data files available from the US Census. This is actually an MSSQL database I created that I've transfered to MySQL. Everything works ...
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Standards for creating a RESTful Geocoding webservice

I am about to start defining a new API which will allow our clients to perform Geo Coding lookups. I would like to follow any standards there are out there. However looking at a few examples: The ...
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Batch geocode with multiple services?

I've got a batch of addresses to geocode (on the order of 10,000), I've looked at various services for doing the geocoding, and each service seems to be able to locate a portion between 50% and 90% of ...
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Do shapefiles sometimes contain the necessary data for address resolution?

Right now I am doing address resolution with a ESRI file called Street_Addresses_US.loc which works. I have been given a shape file that contains streets that was compiled by the state. Is it ...
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Data Source: Address ranges for every block in NYC

I'm looking for data that defines the address ranges used on NYC blocks. On this screenshoot you can see google has noted the first addresses on each block of West End Avenue and 92nd/93rd/94th st. ...
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Cleaning up data in Excel for use in QGIS

I am trying to clean up a large .txt dataset in Excel. I think that a macro or another application may be able to clean up the data they way I want but I have limited programming skills. I need to ...
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GPS coordinates to neighboorhood?

I have tried both Google and Yahoo's Geocoding services to get the Montreal neighborhood/district from GPS coordinates but while they are both able retrieve the correct (address, city, state, country) ...
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what is the fastest way to plot a list of Canadian Addresses?

I have a list of roughly 500 addresses that I'd like to plot on a map either as a point layer or as a kml/placemarks. The addresses are in form 123 QGis Street, Province, Canada, A1A 1A1
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SQL Query to Reverse Geocoding in PostGIS

I try to do Reverse Geocode from my shapefile on the database. I'd already try with Spatialite and PostGIS to put shapefile (.shp) into it. But I'm still can't delivered my objection about reverse ...
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Using Multiple ShapeFiles as a single address locator

Let's say I have 5 shapefiles, and I want to use them as a single address locator via the ILocator interface. What would you recommend? 1) Merge the shapefiles into a single shapefile then convert ...
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How can I geocode to a shape instead of a coordinate?

Geocoding to a shape instead of a point The project I'm currently working on is Find-A-Record. We are geocoding genealogical record collections and storing them in a spatial index (browse our blog if ...
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Does France have addressing products similar to British AddressBase?

In Britain people can license the Ordnance Survey's AddressBase product, which provides a list of almost all the country's addresses, with good building location accuracy even for remote country ...
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How to return individual address components (city, state, etc.) from GeoPy geocoder?

I'm using GeoPy to geocode addresses to lat,lng. I would also like to extract the itemized address components (street, city, state, zip) for each address. GeoPy returns a string with the address -- ...