Geocoding in the cloud

September 16th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

The new version of Maptiler Cloud’s geocoding service has been launched out of beta. With global data blended from multiple sources, it gives users the ability to search for places right down to street level. Geocoding is the process of transforming place names into geographical coordinates and vice-versa. The typical usage is searching for a city, village or a street, but this version also provide reverse geocoding service, which returns a human-readable place name into coordinates. The API is part of Maptiler Cloud and it launched as beta program. The company provides its geocoding service with place names right down to the street level, where results are ranked to give the most relevant results. The service offers fast responses for interactive search, the ability to search with specific language preferences, limiting searches to a given boundary, proximity search and reverse geocoding. The REST API gives users a single endpoint responding to GET requests. By using parameters in URL, users can set a bounding box, language or proximity. The response is always sent in a GeoJSON format for simple parsing, with many different parameters for each feature. Reverse geocoding is performed by sending the coordinates as a query.

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