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Almost every app that uses a mapping API needs some latitude/longitude points. If you don't already have those "geocodes, " you need to find them, which usually means converting an address to a point on the earth. That's where you'll need one of the 54 geocoding APIs in our directory. This post zooms in on seven free geocoders and compares them on features, speed and limits.

For geocoder timing, we checked each API every ten minutes for a week. The address we used was the same for all geocoders. Most had only a single instance of downtime in our week of testing. Google Geocoding API and Cloudmade Geocoding API were the only two with 100% uptime.

Bing Maps Geocode from Microsoft performed well in our tests. The usage limits are unclear in the company's terms of use, but it appears developers get 10, 000 geocodes per month for free. The service requires an API key and has both SOAP and REST (both JSON and XML) versions of the geocoder. There is also a batch API for converting multiple addresses at one time.

Cloudmade Geocoding was by far the slowest in our tests. On the plus side, it's based on crowdsourced OpenStreetMap data, so you know there's nobody paying licensing fees. The RESTful service returns data as JSON with no published rate limits.

Geocoding is one of the services within the Data Science Toolkit API, which averaged about a half-second response time in our tests. However, the service is not really meant to be used directly for production. Instead, developers can install the entire unit for free on their own Amazon or VMWare instances. The resulting API is RESTful, with data returned as JSON.

The Google Geocoding was just a touch slower than Bing in our tests, putting it in second place. It's hard to believe that the original Google Maps API launched without any sort of geocoder, which seems like such a necessary mapping tool. While the service requires no API key, it does limit geocodes to 2, 500 per day and require that the resulting application show data with a Google Map. The REST API returns data as JSON or XML.

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