Introduction to Geocoding

Geocoding is a process that translates common data, such as geographic coordinates to produce very accurate maps. Geocoding can be applied to a variety of applications, including locating potential business customers, identifying crime scenes, discovering utility services and detecting illegal dumping sites. Further, because of the prevalence of addresses and the ease of development and operation, geocoding is cost effective and used by most government agencies, and many businesses, making it a valuable skill to add to your résumé. 

This course will teach students how to use ArcGIS software to produce spatial representations or maps using geocoding. Students will learn to create and refine data to develop the reference necessary to build locators (also known as address indexes). Additionally, they will learn to apply business and customer addresses to the locators and build location maps. In addition to ArcGIS software, students will be using ArcGIS Online and Google Maps processes to provide practical comparisons.

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