From Locality to Lat Long: Geocoding Strategies for Research Data


Date and Time 
October 20, 2015
1:30pm to 4:30pm
Stanford Geospatial Center, Branner Earth Sciences Library, 397 Panama Mall, Mitchell Building, 2nd Floor
Event Sponsor 
Stanford University Libraries, Stanford Geospatial Center, Branner Earth Sciences Library

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

Address geocodingwhile 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.  We will demonstrate the use of Address Locators in ArcGIS, as well as how to use OpenRefine to submit URLs to web-based Geocoding APIs in order to augment an existing dataset with things like latitude & longitude coordinates, elevation values, drive times, etc...

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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