Geocoding in FoodChain-Lab


  • Perform a geocoding by using the Geocoding workflow from….
  • Use “Street”, “HouseNumber”, “City” and “Country” as input parameters.
  • Do the geocoding by using the MapQuest Geocoding Service.

  • For using MapQuest you have to register and create a key at
  • This key has to be entered in the KNIME preferences.
  • Select File < Preferences in the menu bar.

  • The Preferences dialog will pop up.
  • Here you can specify all preferences for KNIME and FoodChain-Lab.

  • Select KNIME < Geocoding in the navigation tree on the left.
  • Enter your MapQuest Application Key and press OK.

  • To perform geocoding we need one column with addresses in our data table. The Supply Chain Reader puts out all parts of the address (street, city, …) in different columns.
  • The address column is created via the Address Creator node.
  • Double click on this node to open its dialog.

  • In the dialog you can specify the columns that should used for creating the address column.

  • Since we want to do the Geocoding based on “Street”, “HouseNumber”, “City” and “Country”, we have to set the Country Column to “Country” and the Postal Code Column to “none”.
  • Press OK to close the dialog.

  • Since we changed the settings, the node resets automatically.
  • Press OK.

  • The configuration for the Address Creator has been updated.

  • Right click on the Address Creator node and select Execute.

  • Now that we updated the Address, the geocoding can be set up.
  • Double click on the Geocoding node to open its dialog.

  • Here you can specify the Service Provider for geocoding and the column that should be used.
  • Both are already correctly set, so we don’t need to change anything here.

  • For many requests geocoding services return multiple results (e.g. when there are two streets with the same name).
  • To deal with this we have to decide if we just want to use the first or look at all choices and try to find the best.
  • Looking manually at all choices is a lot of work for large data sets. In this tutorial select Use first and press OK.

  • Right click on the Geocoding node and select Execute.

  • The execution can take a while.
  • The progress bar under the node shows what percentage of data has been processed.

  • When the execution is finished, we can look at the results.
  • Right click on the Geocoding node and select Coordinates.

  • In the dialog that pops up, you can look at the whole data table.

  • Scroll to the right to look at the columns with latitude and longitude (the two rightmost columns).
  • Some geocoding requests were not successful. MapQuest returned US coordinates, although all addresses are in Germany.