Geocode data can be stored in a number of locations. To ensure that coordinates are detected and processed correctly, they need to be provided in a supported format.
There are four methods of providing geocode data (x and y coordinates):
- Two fields that contain x and y coordinates can be stored in the entity or link.
- Geocode data can be stored in a linked entity. For example, a person entity that has no geocode data can be linked to a crime entity that does contain x and y coordinates.
- Geocode data can be located in a geocoding database. For example, an entity or link might contain fields for the town and street name. When these fields are matched in a geocoding database, the x and y coordinates are supplied, enabling the entity or link to be plotted to the map.
- Non-geocoded data can be sent to a map and then positioned by using a geocoding database set up in the mapping application. For more information, see Setting up mapping configurations for details.
You can use a mixture of these methods.