FAQ: What are some best practices for batch geocoding addresses using the ArcGIS Online World Geocoding Service?
What are some best practices for batch geocoding addresses using the ArcGIS Online World Geocoding Service?
The following list of best practices for batch geocoding addresses helps increase accuracy in matching addresses correctly, while decreasing mismatched addresses which consume credits in ArcGIS Online for Organizations.
1. Preparing the data (addresses) for batch geocoding
It is best to match the address locator style used in the batch geocoding process with the type of geometry in the reference data and the format of the data being parsed in the address locator. This allows the addresses to be entered in fields which correspond to the street, city, region, or state in the table. This improves accuracy in matching addresses.
2. Check Addresses for correct spelling and character restrictions
The geocoding process may fail if there is incorrect spelling or the use of restricted characters in the field names or addresses. Be sure to remove any special characters in the address table before parsing it to the address locator.
Use the Geocode coverage and Category filtering options to further improve the search results by limiting matches based on specific place types or address levels. This ensures false positives (which consume credits) are avoided, while speeding up the search process.