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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Geocoding Addresses to Make Maps on ArcGIS Online

The following instructions can be used to create a map on ArcGIS Online by geocoding addresses:

1.   Go to
2.   Sign in
3.   Click Map
4.   Click Basemap
         a)      Select ‘Imagery’
5.   Search for the address of the desired location in the Find address or place bar in the upper right hand corner
6.   Click Add
          a)      Select ‘Add Maps Notes’
          b)      Rename the Map under ‘Name:’
          c)       Click Create
7.   Under 'Points' select which marker you would like to use
8.   Once the Points box appears, fill in the appropriate information:
          a) Create a title and enter it in the 'Title' box
          b) If desired, write a description about the location in the 'Description' box
          c) If desired, include a picture: 
                  i.     Google the desired image
                  ii.     Right click on the image
                  iii.    Select Copy image URL
                  iv.    Paste the URL in the 'Image URL' box
9.    Repeat steps 5-8 for as many locations desired
10.  In the upper right hand corner of the page, click Save As
          a) Create a title for the map and type it in the 'Title' box
          b) Create Tags in the 'Tag' box to be able to easily access it once published
          c) If desired, write a brief summary about the map
          d) Click 'Save Map'
11.   In the upper right hand corner of the page, click Share
          a) Check the box 'Everyone (public)'
          b) Copy the 'Link to this map' link in order to have easy access back to the map

The following is the directions of the assignment used to create this step-by-step tutorial:
  • Make a digital resume! Create a list of the addresses of schools you've attended. Or you could use addresses of places you've worked. Or maybe addresses where you have lived. Or you could do some combination of these. Map these addresses using ArcGIS Online and share the link to your map.

The first thing I had to do for this assignment was to create a list of addresses. I chose to map where I live, as well as all the schools I have attended. The addresses used for this assignment included:

Summer Street, Middleboro MA 02346
6 Plympton St, Middleboro, MA 02346
Union Street, Middleboro, MA 02346
31 Mayflower Avenue, Middleboro, MA 02346
41 Mayflower Avenue, Middleboro, MA 02346
112 Tiger Drive, Middleboro, MA 02346
71 East Grove Street, Middleboro, MA 02346
131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, MA 02325

I then had to go on ArcGIS Online and search each address in the address search bar. At each location, I added a marker to save the location. As the title of each location, I used the name of the school. For each description, I included the address of the school. Finally, I added an image of each school. The title, description, and image gives the viewer an understanding as to what each marker on the map represents. After completing all components of the map for this assignment, the map was saved and shared to the public. The finished map can be viewed below.   

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