Fun With GIS 114: Street Address Matching

Innovate. Adapt. Be entrepreneurial. In addition to everything else, students must exhibit these critical skills in the new world of work. So, too, must Esri. Web-based apps evolve especially quickly.

ArcGIS Online received new capacities last week. The Map Viewer app can now geocode points from US street addresses. (This has been possible within ArcGIS Explorer Online, but is new to Map Viewer.) With a simple but well-designed table containing street address, city, state, and ZIP Code, users in the US can push up as many as 250 points at a time into a map. If the table has additional attributes, those elements can be used for analysis, through custom classification and symbolization.

A new video lesson at ArcLessons demonstrates the capacity, using a data table from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Using a typical school district with 60 schools, it shows how the data can be downloaded as a spreadsheet, cleaned up minimally, and converted into points on a web map for subsequent analysis.

What can you do with this capacity? Map students in a grade, members in a troop, teams in a league, participants in a club, bus stops in a town, sponsors of an organization, or businesses with special features. Use the attributes to analyze and display special characteristics, pop a photo, or link to web sites.

There are new capacities beyond this, and more coming every few months. Check the ArcGIS Online blog regularly for updates. And consider how well you model for others the ability to innovate, adapt, and embrace change. This is what every worker in every career needs to consider: “How am I taking advantage of new capacity to do my job better?”

- Charlie Fitzpatrick, Esri School Program Manager

Tom Baker

About Tom Baker

Tom Baker is an Esri Education Manager, specializing in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, teacher education, and educational research. He regularly publishes and presents on geospatial technologies across education.
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