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Geocoding - What is it and how do I do it?

Stanford Geospatial Center

Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

Geocoding - What is it and how do I do it?

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Do you have a table with addresses that need to be geolocated? We have the workshop for you!

Address geocoding, while hugely important for a number of research projects, can be fraught with stumbling blocks. Among those are the characteristics  and format of addresses, different tools, constantly changing limitations on geocoding services, and questions of quality of the results.

In this workshop we will introduce you to the basics of geocoding. We will demonstrate different ways of performing geocoding and extensively discuss the pros and cons of the different approaches.

This is a hands-on workshop and we will provide the sample data and workstations for you to follow along. You should have some basic knowledge of ArGIS. Familiarity with some scripting (like Python or R) is helpful, but not required.

Students, researchers, faculty and scientists who regularly work with geospatial data are encouraged to attend this workshop. You will gain hands-on introductory experience with many geocoding packages and services available to you at Stanford and beyond.


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1. Introduction to Geocoding

- Definition

- Process

- Challenges

2. Basic Geocoding: Using Out-of-the-box Tools

- Google Earth Pro

- Fusion Tables

- ArcGIS:

  - Basic geocoding in ArcGIS

  - Preparing your data

  - Standardize Addresses

  - Selection of Address Locator

  - Geocoding addresses

  - Rematching addresses

  - Geocoding places

  - Composite geocoding

  - Geocoding intersections & spatial locators

3. Intermediate Geocoding: Basic scripting using APIs

- Basic Structure of a Script

- Using StreetMap Services in ArcGIS with Python

- Using Google Geocoding API with R

- Using Google Geocoding API with Python

- Using Open Street Map API


4. Web-based services (BatchGeo. com)


5. Resources and Discussion

- Comparison of Services

- Q&A

- Useful links



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Stanford Geospatial Center, Branner Library
397 Panama Mall
Stanford, CA 94305

Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

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Stanford Geospatial Center

Stanford Geospatial Center

The Stanford Geospatial Center is housed in the Branner Earth Sciences Library and its mission is to support the Stanford community on geospatial technologies.

Department of Anthropology

Claudia Engel is an Academic Technolgy Specialist with the Stanford Libraries and Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology. She also serves as a Manager of the Academic Technology Specialist Program and the Co-director of the Stanford Sea Island Fieldschool. Claudia holds a doctorate degree in Anthropology. Her work centers around the innovative potential of new technologies for teaching and research and she has been involved in numerous projects alongside Stanford faculty with a focus on mobile technologies, spatial analysis, and GIS.

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