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Final Reminder: Legacy Geocoding and Routing Services Will Be Retired on December 31, 2013

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This is a reminder that the legacy geocoding and routing services will be retired on December 31, 2013. These services include: Geocoding European Address Locator North American Address Locator North American Address Locator (ArcGIS 10 style) United States Street Locator United States … Continue reading

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2nd Reminder: Legacy Geocoding and Routing Services Will Be Retired on December 31, 2013

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This is a reminder that the legacy geocoding and routing services will be retired on December 31, 2013. These services include: Geocoding European Address Locator North American Address Locator North American Address Locator (ArcGIS 10 style) United States Street Locator United … Continue reading

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Legacy geocoding and routing services at http://tasks.arcgisonline.com will be retired on December 31, 2013

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Over the past several months, Esri has published a new and expanded set of geocoding and routing services through the ArcGIS Online platform. These new services include substantially expanded coverage around the world, as well as new capabilities such as … Continue reading

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Terms of Use for Batch Geocoding

The ArcGIS Online team wants you to remind you of the terms of use for geocoding. Geocoding can be broken into two functions: Geosearch and Geocoding. Continue reading

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Upcoming maintenance to ArcGIS Online subscription task system

The ArcGIS Online team will update the SSL certificates on the subscription task services system (premiumtasks.arcgisonline.com) during a one hour maintenance window starting on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at 8 p.m. PST. Continue reading

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ArcGIS Online subscription task system updated

The ArcGIS Online team recently updated the subscription task services system (premiumtasks.arcgisonline.com). Geocoding and routing services now use NAVTEQ reference data. With the change to the reference data, you may notice that there might be a slight change in the coordinates of the geocoding candidates returned compared to the previously released version. Highlights include: Continue reading

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ArcGIS Online task server and services updated recently

The ArcGIS Online team recently updated the task services. Geocoding and routing services now use NAVTEQ reference data. With the change to the reference data, you may notice that there might be a slight change in the coordinates of the geocoding candidates returned compared to the previously released version.  Highlights include: Continue reading

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Building locators using TIGER 2010 Edges feature classes and tables

Creating locators with ArcGIS 10 out of the box address locator styles requires the specific address attributes in one feature class. As the TIGER 2010 dataset consists of multiple feature classes and tables, creating locators with ArcGIS 10 out of the box locator styles requires the tables to be joined properly in advance and are exported to one feature class.

Alternatively, a custom locator style, TIGER – Edges-Dual Ranges, allows you to create locators with the feature classes/tables from the TIGER 2010 data without preprocessing the tables. The locator style requires the following feature classes and tables in the TIGER 2010 dataset: 

  • tl_2010_xx_edges
  • tl_2010_xx_faces
  •  tl_2010_xx_features
  •  tl_2010_xx_place10 
  •  tl_2010_xx_state10

You can download the locator style and sample data/tool from the Geocoding resource center:

http://resources.arcgis.com/gallery/file/geocoding/details?entryID=A4F8045C-1422-2418-A0E9-479A9B776A18

Due to multiple table joins and selection queries, creating a locator using this locator style may take some time especially if the feature classes contain many features.  Preprocessing the tables and exporting the address attributes to one feature class is an option as creating locators with one feature class using the out of the box locator style is generally faster.

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ArcGIS Online Premium Task server and services updated

The ArcGIS Online premium task server (premiumtasks.arcgisonline.com) was recently upgraded
to ArcGIS Server 10 SP1. Existing services were updated with the latest
available reference data. In addition, geocoding services are published that
are built using the latest geocoding engine in ArcGIS 10. See Migrating address locators created with ArcGIS prior to version
10
in ArcGIS Desktop 10 Help for details on what’s different in locators
created in ArcGIS 10.

Geocoding service changes include the following:

  • The North American Address Locator (TA_Address_NA), North American Batch Address Locator (TA_BatchAddress_NA) and United States Street Locator (TA_Streets_US) were updated with Tele Atlas Q2 2010 reference data:

    • A new “SIDE” field is an additional output field that was added to
      Address_Points locator in order to return the correct side value. All additional
      output fields are appended after the actual output fields.
    • Output location can be requested in a different Coordinate
      System.
  • New North American Address Locator (TA_Address_NA_10), North American Batch Address Locator (TA_BatchAddress_NA_10), and United States Street Locator (TA_Streets_US_10) ArcGIS 10
    style geocoding services based on TomTom Q2 2010 reference data are now
    available for use:

    • These new locators support a new single line address field.
    • Match score (Score) is now a percentage instead of an absolute number;
      hence, the type has changed from SHORT to DOUBLE.
    • Find Address Candidates supports a new outSR parameter that enables clients
      to specify an output spatial reference. Single line geocoding is now
      supported.
    • The End offset distance can now be set in other Esri Units such as feet,
      meters, and so on. In the ArcGIS 9.3 style locators it was only percentage.
    • Spelling sensitivity is improved. A character transition table is used for
      certain character matching instead of the sound like method in the ArcGIS 9.3
      style locators.
    • Reverse Geocode supports a new outSR parameter that enables clients to
      specify an output spatial reference.
  • The European Address Locator (TA_Address_EU) and European Batch Address Locator (TA_BatchAddress_EU) were updated with Tele
    Atlas Q1 2010 reference data:

    • There is a modification as to how the locator name (Loc_name) is returned in
      the response. The new locator names are now prefixed with EU_Street_Addr or
      EU_Street_Name or EU_City or EU_PostCity or EU_Postcode followed by the actual
      locator that did the geocoding task (e.g., EU_Street_Addr.ESP_Streets).
    • Output location can be requested in a different Coordinate System.
  • The World Places Locator (ESRI_Places_World) was updated to an
    ArcGIS 10 style geocoding service using September 2010 GeoNames Data:

    • Loc_name was updated to support a single locator: WorldPlaces.
    • This locator takes advantage of the better scoring technique provided by the
      ArcGIS 10 Geocoding Engine.
    • Output location can be requested in a different Coordinate System.

Routing service changes include the following:

  • The solve route operation now supports the following new
    parameters: attributeParameterValues, polylineBarriers, and polygonBarriers.
  • North American Routing was updated with Tele Atlas Q2 2010
    reference data.
  • European Routing was updated with Tele Atlas Q1 2010 reference
    data.
  • There are now 12 supported languages. The two new languages supported in
    this release are Chinese and Japanese. See the Technical Notes in the item
    details for European Routing and North American Routing for a complete list of supported
    languages.

For Frequently Asked Questions, see the previous announcement about the ArcGIS Online Task server and service updates.

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ArcGIS Online Task server and services updated

The ArcGIS Online task server (tasks.arcgisonline.com) was recently upgraded to ArcGIS Server 10 SP1. Existing services were updated with the latest available reference data. In addition, new geocoding services are published that are built using the latest geocoding engine in ArcGIS 10. See Migrating address locators created with ArcGIS prior to version 10 in ArcGIS Desktop 10 Help for details on what’s different in locators created in ArcGIS 10.

Geocoding service changes include the following:

  • The North American Address Locator (TA_Address_NA) and United States Street Locator (TA_Streets_US) were updated with Tele Atlas Q2 2010
    reference data:
    • A new “SIDE” field is an additional output field that was added to
      Address_Points locator in order to return the correct side value. All
      additional output fields are appended after the actual output fields.
    • Output location can be requested in a different Coordinate System.
  • New
    North American Address Locator (TA_Address_NA_10) and United States Street Locator (TA_Streets_US_10) ArcGIS 10 style geocoding services based on
    Tele Atlas Q2 2010 reference data are now available for use:
    • These new locators support a new single line address field.
    • Match score (Score) is now a percentage instead of an absolute
      number; hence, the type has changed from SHORT to DOUBLE.
    • Find Address Candidates supports a new outSR parameter that enables clients to specify an output spatial reference. Single line geocoding is now supported.
    • The End offset distance can now be set in other Esri Units such as
      feet, meters, and so on. In the ArcGIS 9.3 style locators it was only
      percentage.
    • Spelling sensitivity is improved. A character transition table is
      used for certain character matching instead of the sound like method in the ArcGIS 9.3 style locators.
    • Reverse Geocode supports a new outSR parameter that enables clients to specify an output spatial reference.
  • The European Address Locator (TA_Address_EU) was updated with Tele Atlas Q1 2010 reference data:
    • There is a modification as to
      how the locator name (Loc_name) is returned in the response. The new
      locator names are now prefixed with EU_Street_Addr or EU_Street_Name
      or EU_City or EU_PostCity or EU_Postcode followed by the actual locator
      that did the geocoding task (e.g., EU_Street_Addr.ESP_Streets).
    • Output location can be requested in a different Coordinate System.
  • The World Places Locator (ESRI_Places_World) was updated to an ArcGIS 10 style geocoding service using September 2010
    GeoNames Data:
    • Loc_name was updated to support a single locator: WorldPlaces.
    • This locator takes advantage of the better scoring technique provided by the ArcGIS 10 Geocoding Engine.
    • Output location can be requested in a different Coordinate System.

Routing service changes include the following:

  • The solve route operation now supports the following new parameters: attributeParameterValues, polylineBarriers, and polygonBarriers.
  • North American Routing was updated with Tele Atlas Q2 2010
    reference data.
  • European Routing was updated with Tele Atlas Q1 2010 reference data.
  • There are now 12 supported languages. The two new languages supported in this release are Chinese and Japanese. See the Technical Notes in the item details for European Routing and North American Routing for a complete list of supported languages.

Similar updates will soon be made on the premium server (premium.arcgisonline.com). 

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the geocoding services offered on ArcGIS Online.

Q:  What ArcGIS Online geocoding services are available?

A:  The following ArcGIS Online geocoding services are available:

  • ESRI_Places_World: Use the World Places Locator to geocode
    world places: countries, states and provinces, administrative areas, cities,
    landmarks, water bodies, and more.
  • TA_Address_EU: Use the European Address Locator to geocode
    addresses in Europe including street address, street name, city, and postal
    code.
  • TA_Address_NA: Use the North American Address Locator to
    geocode addresses in the United States and Canada: street address, ZIP/postal
    code, city/state or city/province, and more.
  • TA_Streets_US: Use the United States Street Locator to geocode
    street addresses in the United States.
  • TA_Address_NA_10: Use this ArcGIS 10 style North American
    Address Locator to geocode addresses in the United States and Canada: street
    address, ZIP/postal code, city/state or city/province, and more. This locator supports a new single line address field.
  • TA_Streets_US_10: Use this ArcGIS 10 style United States
    Street Locator to geocode street addresses in the United States. This locator support a new single line address field.

Q:  Which ArcGIS Online geocoding services are new and why would I want to use them?

A:  There are two new ArcGIS Online geocoding services.These locators were built using the latest geocoding engine in ArcGIS 10. Both locators support a new single line address field. See Migrating address locators created with ArcGIS prior to version 10 in ArcGIS Desktop 10 Help for details on what’s different in locators created in ArcGIS 10.

  • TA_Address_NA_10: Use this ArcGIS 10 style North American
    Address Locator to geocode addresses in the United States and Canada: street
    address, ZIP/postal code, city/state or city/province, and more. This locator
    supports a single line input field, output in different spatial reference, and
    returns a better match score.
  • TA_Streets_US_10: Use this ArcGIS 10 style United States
    Street Locator to geocode street addresses in the United States. This locator
    supports a single line input field, output in a different spatial reference, and
    returns a better match score.

Q: Why are there two versions of the North American Address Locator and the United States Street Locator?

A: Esri is offering two versions of these locators, so that users of the original ArcGIS 9.3.1 geocoding services are not
affected by any changes due to the new ArcGIS 10 locator style. There are some changes at
the API level, such as methods that were deprecated (StandardizeAddress) and data types
were changed for certain fields (Score). See Migrating address locators created with ArcGIS prior to version 10 in ArcGIS Desktop 10 Help for details on what’s different in locators created in ArcGIS 10.

Q:  Do the ArcGIS 10 style locators use the same data as the ArcGIS 9.3.1 style locators?

A:  Yes. For this release, the ArcGIS 10 style locators use the same data as the ArcGIS 9.3.1 style locators.

Q: How do I migrate my applications to use the ArcGIS 10 style locators?

A: See Migrating address locators created with ArcGIS prior to version 10 in ArcGIS Desktop 10 Help for details on what’s different in locators created in ArcGIS 10. 

Q:  How long will the ArcGIS 9.3.1 style locators be available?

A:  The ArcGIS 9.3.1 style locators will be available alongside the ArcGIS 10 style locators. When Esri decides to retire any services, a timely announcement will be made on this ArcGIS Online blog and on the  ArcGIS Online Services Support Status [PDF] document. This document provides
information about the levels of support and the current status of different
services. It also includes answers to some frequently asked questions including
how to find out which services you are currently using. 

If you have feedback or comments, please post them to our forum at http://forums.arcgis.com/forums/30-ArcGIS-Online.

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