MetaLocator gets its latitude and longitude directly from a variety of data providers based on the address provided. The process of converting a written address into a latitude and longitude is called geocoding, and it can contain subjective ambiguities. Correct and complete address data is essential to a reliable geocoding result. The geocoder is provided the following fields Address City State Postal Code Country TLD Incorrect or incomplete information provided in these fields can throw off the geocoder. Common problems include:
- Non-geographic information in the Address field: MetaLocator expects a street address in the Address field. This field should not include Suite, Apt or Floor information. That should be placed in the Address2 field, which is not used during geocoding. Additionally, building names, "plazas" or any other non-geographic information should be moved to address2.
- No TLD provided: A TLD is an international standard two-letter country code. Without a TLD, MetaLocator searches the entire globe for a given address. Surprisingly, there are significant overlaps in postal codes, city and street names. Providing a TLD is essential to proper geocoding. See here for more information about TLDs.
- Incorrect or Incomplete address data: Ensure that all the fields specified above are provided and correct.