Digital Geography

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: