I want add 60 addresses in point format to my map in ArcGIS online. So what I did was use ArcGIS Desktop (10.2) to geocode them, exported them as a shapefile, and imported them to the online map. First of all, is this the way I have to do it? I mean can I do it directly from ArcGIS online?

The second problem is I wanted to have 60 points. But I end up with fewer points, like 15-20. I found the problem is that somewhere during this procedure ArcGIS Desktop decided to round the X and Y values to 6 decimal places. I checked the geocoding results and changed the decimal places to 10. Then I checked the shapefile and I found in the shapefile's attribute table, X and Y just have 6 decimal places. I was not able to change the decimal place in attribute table. I tried to add new field and set the decimal places to 10 and then use filed calculator. It did not work!

I tried to geocode them using batchgeo.com, then I imported them as X and Y coordinates. I made sure Xs and Ys are set to have 10 decimal places. Agian the same problem when I exported it as a shapefile.

Any suggestions? The original file is addresses, including address, city, state and ZIP.

  • you are geocoding or reverse geocoding? you have an address or an x,y pair? AGOL will allow drag and drop geocoding with xls, csv cant remember which is supported now. just drag it onto your map.
    – Brad Nesom
    Feb 13, 2014 at 16:32
  • I just have the address and I'm trying to add them as points to AGOL. so if I drag and drop the X and y coordinate it will work? I will try it now. Feb 13, 2014 at 16:36
  • @BradNesom I just have the address and I'm trying to add them as points to AGOL. I just tried to add one of the addresse, after geocoding, to the map the way you said, noting happened! I mean I made CSV file with i record, with X and Y and dragged and dropped it in the AGOL and it accepted it (no errors) but it is not showing up on the map! one more thing is when I checked the configuration setting for the fields in AGOL, the maximum number of decimal point are 6! I mean you cannot have 7 or more, just 6 Feb 13, 2014 at 16:46
  • I believe agol will let you drag and drop the xy event (which is what the XY data would be). A better solution is to drop the ADDRESS if you have them in a file try that.
    – Brad Nesom
    Feb 13, 2014 at 16:46
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    Also, I don't know your particular situation, but for most geocoding operations (especially if you're using a standard commercial geocoding service rather than some in-house build custom geocoder), 6 decimal places on X&Y precision is going to most likely be all you need. I can't imagine many situations where you would need more than 6 decimal places for standard address level precision. What is more likely happening with you only getting a few points back is that the geocoding is likely not finding matches for all the addresses, you may have bad address data as an input.
    – John
    Feb 13, 2014 at 17:06

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On ArcGISOnline you can find information on how to add data to the map.
It sounds as though you have a spreadsheet with addresses.
You can add that as a csv file to your map and it will create the points for you with the addresses.
You can also add a file with xy coordinates in the same way. but you will not get address information created doing that. If it already has address information with the coordinates then you would need to configure it to make sure it used the xy rather than geocoding it.


You can also just drag and drop a CSV file right onto the map if you are using Chrome or Firefox. It will automatically geocode the points.

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