Addresses for geographical Data, ESRI-Shapefiles and other SQL Server geographical related stuff
SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services supports the visualization of geographical data in 3 ways.
- Datasets, based on the built-in .Net System-datatypes “geography” and “geometry”, which have been around since SQL Server 2008
- via built-in maps – but only for the United States
- via ESRI-Shapefiles, which one has to provide on his own
Now, where can you get those Shape-files?
Other, than in the USA where gathered data belongs to the people, with no cost (Census Bureau Geography), in other countries, such as in Germany, it is by far not easy, to even get such datat all.
In the following, I am collecting internet-sites, where one can find geographical data. I'd be happy to include more URLs, if you found a good one, to share.
The other option to show geospatial data in Reports,
is to just use plain geometry/geography data. Here are some resources that help
in getting access to such and/or converting/”geocoding” data:
The Google Geocoding API
Rob Farley shows how you can geocode you address-data
using bing-maps and powershell:
A nice walk-through in geocoding using SSIS and Google
Geocoding API by Jeffrey Verheul:
Discussion on Mapping From City Name to Latitude and
Longitude & Mapping From Latitude and Longitude to City with further
Further good articles concerning geographical data and SQL Server:
Creating your own SSRS map using Visio
Using Visio and SSRS Map Reports for Store Layouts etc.
Using ESRI ShapeFiles with SSI
For importing shape-files into SQL Server, see this blog-post at MSDN: http://blogs.msdn.com/seanboon/archive/2009/11/17/sql-server-2008-r2-map-tips-how-to-import-shapefiles-into-sql-server-and-aggregate-spatial-data.aspx
Achieve Spatial Data Support in SSIS:
Bridge The Gap between Bing and Google Maps using SSIS
Heat Maps as Reports
Stacia Misner shows in her blog, how to include your maps in the Map-Gallery for the Map-Builder-Wizard:
Rob Farley shows, how you can geocode you address-data using bing-maps and powershell:
Have fun with Reporting Services 2008 R2
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