This document defines the input, output and behavior of the web service operations in DOTS Address Geocode – International. Each operation has its own unique behavior even though some of the operations outputs are very similar.
Every geocoding system is different, and some even use different standards for gathering and calculating coordinates. Because of this, using coordinates from one system may not look to be at the exact location on a different system. For example, Google Maps is a great tool for plotting geocoding coordinates on a viewable map. However, the data used for generating these maps is different than the data that Service Objects uses for generating geocoding coordinates. Thus, some points plotted on Google Maps may not look to be in the precise location; they may look exactly right or look to be several hundred feet away.
List of Operations
Returns the latitude and longitude for a given International Address, along with additional address and location information. Will attempt to geocode at the property level, which is often a rooftop for some properties and then cascade to the next best available resolution. For non-address places such as streets, cities and postal codes, the coordinates will return a coordinate point that is commonly associated with the location or a centroid for the area.
The ReverseSearch operation returns the address or place information for a given set of coordinates, along with additional address and location information. It will attempt to reverse geocode coordinates and return international addresses at the property level, which is often at the premise level resolution for some properties and then cascade to the next best available resolution such as the street, neighborhood, postal code, locality and so on. For non-address places such as streets, cities and postal codes returned by the service, the coordinates output in the response body will represent a coordinate point that is commonly associated with the location or a centroid for the area.