Digital Geography

Geocoding with Microsoft’s Azure Maps

API’s are getting more and more important as some (maybe the majority?) of GIS users don’t want to handle large datasets, don’t want to care about addresses and geo-coordinates, don’t want to create an own routing algorithm… As most of you might use Google, OSM or HERE for geocoding purposes I would like to introduce Azure Maps for this as well.

Geocoding Addresses in ArcGIS: the other approach

Today I stumbled upon a post from the German ESRI office and their blog gisIQ and a little tutorial (English translation) on how to geocode addresses in the ArcGIS platform. I was asking, whether there is a possibility to use other geocoders as well and so I tried to build my own solution without credits and with the possibility to choose a geocoder. Fortunately the Python world offers some nice little scripts. So let’s use geopy!

where are your customers?

I think there are pleanty of companies which store customer informations in some sort of a database or even in a plain excel-sheet to stay a little organized in their daily work. This could be convenient for them but I would love to see some maps, where are my customers from and where are dense areas of origin. This could increase my impressions using advertisement or I can adress customers with special offers that rely on their adress. In the next days I will create a little tool that will automatically scan your customer database, transform the the results in…

geocoding adresses

One thing I have never kept in mind is the divergence on how shops and agencies store their adresses (more or less like John Doe, 123, Main Street, Anytown, U.S.A ) and the way we store our point-informations (103°E, 45°N). So one problem is,to bring these both things together. YOu cannot do this straightforward because you need some kind of reference like a georeferenced and digitized or u use such thing like the googlemaps-API. ArcGIS is also capable of translating this information into points. Just watch the following tutorial and I’ll show you how: