Geocoding points for Neatline

Geocoding points for Neatline

I am currently teaching a class on women’s movements in the 1970s and 80s, and it is a course that asks students to do archival research.  We are using Omeka as a group to do research, and Neatline presented a great opportunity to do some spatial projects.  I had a huge list of members of Kansans for ERA that I wanted to map, and I needed to batch upload them.  Here are notes on how to geocode information for Neatline.  Neatline uses WKT (well known text, I think) to locate points on a map.  I had street addresses, and the goal was to express them in WKT.  I’m sure there are easier ways, but this is what I figured out that was free and easy to understand.

  1. Create a CSV with the addresses you want to map.  You should have columns for the “Address,” “City,” “State,” and “Zip.”  Create a free account and batch geocode your addresses at Texas A&M Geoservices.  This was simple to do.  You will end up with a file that has latitude and longitude.
  2. Paste your latitude and longitude (they should be in a single column, separated by a comma) into the Omeka Sugar converter.   This will give you the WKT info.
  3. Now you are ready to upload your CSV to your Omeka (the WKT should be added as “coverage” to the entries).  Neatline can also batch upload to an exhibit from there.

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