Geocoding in gvSIG 2.1 using scripting and GeoPy

English translation of the article by Joaquin del Cerro.

Hi, I ‘m here again.
This time to speak about a very quick scripting .

A few days ago Oscar Martinez told me that he had seen a python library to access geocoding services , 
GeoPy ; but there was the problem that he was unable to use it in gvSIG … as it was designed for a newer python version than the one used in gvSIG.

While we were glancing , we realised that by changing few small things, it could become usable for the python version of gvSIG 2.1.0 .

To use
GeoPy you have just to install the library , which can be done by unzipping the  “” file in the folder:


located in user home. If you have already executed gvSIG, it should be closed and restart .

In Linux you can find this folder in $ HOME , and for Windows in :

C: \ Document and Settings \ my_user
C: \ Users \ my_user

Once installed the library GeoPy it can be used quite simply. If you execute the gvSIG scripts “Composer” , and create a new one with the following code , then you can start testing without any problems.

from gvsig import *
from commonsdialog import *

from geopy.geocoders import get_geocoder_for_service

def main(*args):

  street = inputbox("Insert street","street")
  if street == None:
  geolocator = get_geocoder_for_service("googlev3")

  location = geolocator().geocode(street)

  print((location.latitude, location.longitude))
  msgbox("Found:\n"+location.address+"\n"+str((location.latitude, location.longitude)))

You can perform more complex actions such as open a table containing street names and civic addressing, read them and go creating a shapefile with points provided by geolocalisation service, but for the moment you can go on playing with this.

Greetings to all

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4 Responses to Geocoding in gvSIG 2.1 using scripting and GeoPy

  1. Pingback: Geocoding in gvSIG 2.1 using scripting and GeoPy | Geo-How-To News

  2. Syed Ali says:

    I have downloaded form this link and after unzipping I got two folders naming Simplejson, GEoPy which folder I can use to execute the gvSIG scripts “Composer”. please step by step process and how can I test my manual shape file addresses file that I have manually geocoded already.

  3. Pingback: Look for your address or location in gvSIG using Scripting! | gvSIG blog

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