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Geocode

Returns the physical coordinates for a free-text address element.

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To connect to this service you'll need to use one of these endpoints:

WSDL
https://webservices.data-8.co.uk/location.asmx
JSON
https://webservices.data-8.co.uk/Location/Geocode.json

Description

Finds the location of a free-text address. The location is returned as an array of FuzzyPosition objects, each representing the location of one possible alternative location.

If you have a full postcode for the address, you can retrieve the location more easily using the FindLocation method.

Information on administrative areas can also be retrieved in addition to the physical coordinates.

Parameters

The following parameters can be supplied to this method

username

username

See the available authentication methods. If you are using username & password authentication, specify the username to authenticate as. If you are using API Key authentication and you are not using the JSON, Javascript or ADO APIs, use your API Key here with the prefix apikey-, e.g. apikey-ABCD-1234-EFGH-5678
password

password

If you are using username & password authentication, specify the password to use for authentication. Otherwise leave this blank.
licence

licence

The licence type under which you are accessing the service. If you are not sure which value to pick, please contact your account manager

name

name

The town name or other address element to get the location of

options

options

An array of options that control further details of how this method operates. See the Advanced Options section below for more information.

Advanced Options

The following options can be specified as part of the option parameter. Each option is specified as a key/value pair. The list of available names is shown below, along with a description of the allowable values for that name.

GetAdminArea

GetAdminArea

Indicates that the results should include the CountyCode, County, DistrictCode, District, WardCode and Ward properties

GetCountry

GetCountry

Indicates that the results should contain the Country property

DatumEPSG

DatumEPSG

The EPSG code of the datum to use when converting the original OS grid coordinates to latitude and longitude

Results

This method returns an object containing the following fields:

Status

Status

Indicates whether the method call was successful, or if some error occurred. If the Success field is true, the other results described below can be used to get the results of the method. If Success is false, some error occurred in calling the method, such as the authentication failed or the account is out of credits. The details of the error can be obtained from the ErrorMessage field, and any other results should be ignored
Result

Result

An array of possible matches to the supplied name. Each match has the following fields:

Name Description
Easting The distance of the centre point of the location east of the OS grid origin to the southwest of Scilly
Northing The distance of the centre point of the location north of the OS grid origin
GridReference The location of the centre point of the location as a 6-digit OS grid reference
Longitude The longitude of the centre point of the location expressed in decimal degrees in the WGS84 datum
Latitude The latitude of the centre point of the location expressed in decimal degrees in the WGS84 datum
CountyCode The reference code for the county the centre point of the location is in
County The name of the administrative county the centre point of the location is in
DistrictCode The reference code for the district the centre point of the location is in
District The name of the administrative district the centre point of the location is in
WardCode The reference code for the ward the centre point of the location is in
Ward The name of the electoral ward the centre point of the location is in
Country The name of the country the centre point of the location is in
Description The name of the location that has been matched to
StdDev The standard deviation of the distance of addresses in this area to the centre point location that has been returned, in metres. This gives an indication of the size of the area

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