A location service translates from a name to coordinates. There are different types of geometry services, either file-based or server-based. Some are provided by Qlik by default.
The default location service is a server-based service with a great number of points and areas for various named features, typically for countries, states, other regions, cities, postal codes, etc. Where there are well-established codes, for instance for countries, both the code or the name can be used. There are also names in multiple languages for many features.
The format that a name should be specified in is:
- name - the name of the feature that should be looked up
- type - the type of name or type followed by * to match several types, see below for available types
- admin2code - the region to find the name in
- admin1code - the first order division, such as state, to find the name in
- countrycode - the two or three letter ISO country code to find the name in
The type may, as an alternative, be specified directly after name instead of last if that is more convenient.
Type names are ordered hierarchically and a star (*) can be used last in the type to match multiple types. Here is a short description of available types:
|Simple type||Detailed type||Description||Areas|
|COUNTRY ||APCL*||country name||All|
|COUNTRYISO2||XCISO2||ISO 31661 alpha2 code||All|
|COUNTRYISO3||XCISO3||ISO 31661 alpha2 code||All|
|ADMIN1 ||AADM1||first order administrative division||Some (almost all)|
|STATE ||-||alias for ADMIN1||-|
|ADMIN2 ||AADM2||second order administrative division||Some|
|ADMIN3 ||AADM3||third order administrative division||Some|
|ADMIN4 ||AADM4||fourth order administrative division||-|
|POSTALCODE ||XPC||postal code||Some|
|ZIP ||-||alias for POSTALCODE||Some|
|CITY ||P*||city name, to only get a specific type of cities use:PPPLC – capitalPPPLG - seat of governmentPPPLA - seat of first order division||None|
|AIRPORTIATA ||XIATA||airport IATA code||None|
|AIRPORTICAO||XICAO||airport ICAO code||None|
There is a priority associated with an entry. When a name matches multiple entries the name with the highest priority is chosen. When there are several matching items with the same highest priority this is indicated with reply status "ambiguous" (2).
The following is the city Hamburg in Germany:
This is Hamburg in Sweden:
If you actually wanted the first order administrative area in Germany named Hamburg, you also need to specify a type:
You can also specify multiple areas when needed. For instance, in the USA there are many Hamburgs. To get the one in Arkansas, specify: