The MAR Geocoder is a desktop application that employs DC’s MAR Web Service to assign a location in the form of geographic coordinates. The web service has several built in quality control tools that review records presented and take advantage of several look-up tables for alternative names, abbreviations, misspellings, etc. This ensures that the resulting data adhere to the District’s addressing standard. Support for the geocoder is available to District of Columbia agencies and their contractors only; however, please read the MAR troubleshooting guide.
The most common of errors occurs with the following:
Check the filename of your database or spreadsheet, the name of your table, and the name(s) of the fields in your table.
- No spaces or special characters are allowed in any of these places. The only acceptable “special character” is an underscore “_”
- The first letter of field names etc., should be a letter, not a number character
- If you need to rename any fields or table names, you can do this in Access, prior to adding the table to ArcMap. The filename can be changed in Windows Explorer.