Free locators in Datahub are changing, are you ready for 3rd July?

From July 3rd 2016 we are retiring a number of our free locators to align ourselves with the Ordnance Survey (OS) product life cycle for these products and the ArcGIS Platform. This blog aims to explain the following:      

  • Why are we retiring the free locators?
  •  Which locators are being retired and what are their suggested replacements?  
  •  How to migrate to the new locators?

Why are we retiring the free locators?

Esri UK are retiring a total of seven free locators on the 3rd July 2016. Two of these are ArcGIS Locators which are being retired because the OS have withdrawn the underlying datasets. The other five are LocatorHub locators and these are being retired as there are new ArcGIS Locators available that are more integrated with the ArcGIS Platform.

Which locators are being retired and what are their suggested replacements? 

The table below details all of the Esri UK free locators and most importantly whether they will be retired or not. If they are to be retired then we have provided the locator to be used in its place.

The Locator Type shows whether the locator is an ArcGIS Locator (built on the ArcGIS Platform) or a LocatorHub Locator (built separately to the ArcGIS Platform). The URLs for each locator are provided in the table for you to check which locator you are currently working with and if it is to be retired.

The three live locators that you should migrate to are regularly updated, freely available and require no login credentials making them easy to access. For more information about these new locators visit our blog.

Locator Locator Type Status URL
OS Code-Point Open ArcGIS Locator Live

http://datahub.esriuk.com/arcgis/rest/services/
gb_locators/os_codepointopen_postcode_locator/
GeocodeServer

OS Open Names ArcGIS Locator Live

http://datahub.esriuk.com/arcgis/rest/services/
gb_locators/os_open_names_locator/
GeocodeServer

BNG ArcGIS Locator Live

http://datahub.esriuk.com/arcgis/rest/services/
gb_locators/bng_locator/GeocodeServer

OS Locator ArcGIS Locator Retiring; use OS Open Names

http://datahub.esriuk.com/arcgis/rest/services/
gb_locators/os_locator_street_locator/
GeocodeServer

OS 1:50,000 Gazetteer ArcGIS Locator Retiring; use OS Open Names

http://datahub.esriuk.com/arcgis/rest/services/
gb_locators/os_50k_placename_locator/
GeocodeServer

OS Code-Point Open LocatorHub Locator Retiring; use OS Code-Point Open

http://datahub.esriuk.com/locatorhub/Rest/

OS Locator LocatorHub Locator Retiring; use OS Open Names

http://datahub.esriuk.com/locatorhub/Rest/

Coordinate British National Grid LocatorHub Locator Retiring; use ArcGIS Locator: BNG

http://datahub.esriuk.com/locatorhub/Rest/

Coordinate Irish Grid LocatorHub Locator Retiring; no replacement

http://datahub.esriuk.com/locatorhub/Rest/

Coordinate Geographic LocatorHub Locator Retiring; no replacement

http://datahub.esriuk.com/locatorhub/Rest/

How to migrate to the new locators?

The locators that are being retired can be consumed in three ways across the ArcGIS platform. Below are details for each of these three clients on how the retirement will affect you, along with instructions for how to migrate to the new locators.

1. LocatorHub Locators through Services Add-In in ArcMap

The Services Add-In currently provides access to the five LocatorHub locators and as discussed above, these five are to be retired on the 3rd July 2016. This means that following this date the Services Add-In can no longer be used to access online locators. The three new ArcGIS Locators are not supported by the Services Add-In, therefore, you will need to switch to using these new locators directly through ArcMap. Please use these instructions for how to set up this service under the ArcGIS for Desktop section. 

The Services Add-In can still be used to connect to your own locators from LocatorHub that are hosted locally (using Connection Method: Local Server).

2. ArcGIS Locators in ArcMap

  • Are you currently using OS Locator and/or OS 50,000 Gazetteer as a GIS Server in ArcMap? If so, you will need to replace this connection with OS Open Names. Please use these  instructions for how to set up this service under the ArcGIS for Desktop section. 
  • Are you using Code-Point Open as a GIS Server in ArcMap? Don’t worry, you don’t have to change anything, the only change you will notice is you will no longer have to log into Datahub.

3. ArcGIS Locators in ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS

  • Are you currently using OS Locator and/or OS 50,000 Gazetteer in ArcGIS Online/Portal for ArcGIS? If so, you will need to replace this with OS Open Names. As shown in the table above this locator falls under Datahub services and instructions for how to set up this service can be found under the ArcGIS Online section. 
  •  Are you using Code-Point Open in ArcGIS Online/Portal for ArcGIS? Don’t worry, you don’t have to change anything, the only change you will notice is you will no longer have to log into Datahub.

How to configure locators across the ArcGIS Platform

Visit this link to get all the instructions needed to configure the new ArcGIS Locators in both ArcMap and ArcGIS Online/Portal for ArcGIS.