Many places missing in world reverse geocoding

Discussion created by dandyboh on Jul 9, 2013
Latest reply on Jul 12, 2013 by dandyboh
Hi everyone,

I'm using ArcGIS API for Flex + World Locator to improve a web application that requires reverse geocoding.

I noticed that lots of places - even some capitals - are missing for reverse geocoding, using http://geocode.arcgis.com/arcgis/rest/services/World/GeocodeServer/reverseGeocode.

For example, Dakar in Senegal, located latitude 14.672222, longitude -17.431667 can't be found: http://geocode.arcgis.com/arcgis/rest/services/World/GeocodeServer/reverseGeocode?location=-17.431667%2C+14.672222&distance=1000&outSR=&f=json.

Most places in Africa can't be found either.

Is there a reason for that? I remember that 1 or 2 years ago, using another URL which don't work anymore (http://tasks.arcgis.com/ArcGIS/rest/services/WorldLocator/GeocodeServer), everything worked perfectly.

Most important to me is the country code and country name (city and address is better, but optional), but I can't even have that for some places.

Is there another way to perform that? Thanks a lot!