8.7. Geocoding Addresses

Another form of analysis that Cartographica performs is Geocoding, or GEOgraphic enCODING of data that is not native GIS data. Although similar in some ways to the process of importing other data, there are two special kinds of data we will treat separately: addresses and photos.

Cartographica has two distinct, and powerful, address geocoding capabilities. Prior to version 1.2, Cartographica provided geocoding based on address information that was already in the map. This was usually street information received from a government agency or a data provider. More recent versions of Cartographica have also added the ability to geocode using third-party geocoding services. These services provide high-quality, constantly-updated geocoding capabilities for addresses in a large area of the world. Although it is easier to set up, there are reasons why you might not want to use it for geocoding. Some of these reasons include: historical geocoding, where the data that you are geocoding uses streets that no longer exist or have been realigned since the


The MapBox Geocoder is available to users who have active have active maintenance or active subscription products. If your Cartographica license is a perpetual license and you need access to the MapBox Geocoder, you will need to have an active maintenance plan. Included geocoding services have limits on the number of addresses that can be geocoded without charge.

The Bing Geocoder requires a Bing Maps access code. Cartographica no longer includes Bing Geocoding access as part of the subscription or maintenance.

8.7.1. MapBox Geocoding

Using the MapBox geocoder removes most of the configuration headache from the process of geocoding. In many cases, it is more up-to-date than files that you can obtain about the area that you are geocoding and it is certainly easier to configure.

Configuring the MapBox Geocoder

  1. Choose Tools  >  Geocoder Options…

  2. Select MapBox Geocoder tab and click OK.

    You are now ready to geocoder in this map.