[postgis-users] Re: Status of geocoding functions in PostGIS?

Putler, Dan Dan.Putler at sauder.ubc.ca
Thu Mar 30 22:53:03 PST 2006

Hi Paul,

You might want to look at the PAGC project (www.pagcgeo.org), which  
I'm a member of. PAGC is written in C and works with shapefiles. The  
intention goal is also to make PAGC extensible so it can be used for  
geocoding postal addresses in a number of countries. Currently it  
works out of the box with TIGER/Line data and the new Statistics  
Canada public road network file (that actually needs to be augmented  
with additional information until it is really useful). The problem  
we have run into is that few governments release address ranged road  
network files (we only know that the US and Canada do, and all the EU  
countries don't), so we haven't been able to work with anything other  
than US and Canadian data. It sounds like you might benefit from our  
code base, and there could be room for collaboration at some point.


On 30-Mar-06, at 9:48 PM, Paul Scott wrote:

> On Fri, 2006-03-31 at 04:48 +0000, Mark Thomas wrote:
>>> Alex Smith wrote:
>>>> Did some searching of the archives and found this article  
>>>> stating that a
>>>> geocoder for PostGIS is in the works (see
>> http://postgis.refractions.net/pipermail/postgis-users/2004- 
>> September/005762.html).
> If you would like to contribute to a project that is based on  
> creating a
> set of global geocoders, take a look at
> http://avoir.uwc.ac.za/projects/geocoder/
> This project is attempting to collect geocoders that will work for
> almost anywhere that you may need. If you would like to join the
> project, please just let me know!
> --Paul
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