Developer Guide for Address Geocode - Canada, accurate and reliable Canadian Address geocoding for latitude and longitude coordinates with our real-time geocoding API.
DOTS Address Geocode – CA is a publicly available XML web service that provides latitude/longitude and metadata information about a physical Canadian address. The service provides geocoding information, such as the latitude and longitude location of a Canadian address, along with demographic information, such as the census tract, block and other metadata.
DOTS Address Geocode – CA can provide instant address locations to websites or enhancement to contact lists
This section lists the DOTS Address Geocode – CA operations and goes into the details behind the inputs and outputs.
GetGeoLocation (Recommended Operation)
This section reflects details on the error outputs that can happen with the service.
Code Snippets and Sample Code
Here you'll find code snippets for various programming languages and frameworks along with links to our sample code page on the web site.
Try The API
This is where you'll go to take the API for a spin. There you can test our recommended operation GetAddressInsight.
In this section you'll find all the different endpoints supported by this service, input and output schema information as well as an opportunity to try the other endpoints as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
This is a list of some of the questions we hear more often that you can reference and get answers on right away.
Integrating DOTS Address Geocode – CA into your application should be easy and straightforward. If you are using a common platform, Service Objects may already have sample code built that you can use:
However, if you are using a common platform that does not already have sample code, you can ask Service Objects to build you an example. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
If your application does not require precise coordinate location, but will work with general-area mapping, GetBestMatch will give you a much higher match count than GetGeoLocation alone.
Web services are methods that integrate with other applications via the web, and encapsulate complex business logic. Web services are too large a topic to cover in this document, but Service Objects has developed its web services to be as easy to integrate and as accessible as possible.
DOTS Address Geocode – CA is a public XML web service that supports SOAP, POST and GET operations.
The host path, or physical location of the web service is here:
The location of the WSDL, or Web Service Definition Language document, is here (This is also accessible via the "Service Definition" link.):
This XML is the definition of the web service, meaning its inputs, outputs, operations, and the like. Most likely, you will have another tool read this WSDL and make the operations available to you in your application. Whenever your utilities or IDE asks for a WSDL path to DOTS Address Geocode – CA, you can provide this one.
Every web service has operations that it offers to subscribers – methods that do different work and return different output. Examining the links above, you will notice several of these operations available, which are described in detail later on.