Add Location Details to SharePoint Data and Content

Microsoft

We are excited to announce a new capability for SharePoint lists and libraries. The new location column allows you to add rich location data from Bing Maps or your organization directory to any SharePoint list or library. You can then filter, sort, and search by any aspect of the location data such as address, city, or state.

 

Creating a Location Column

To add a location column, simply click Add Column then select Location

1.png

 

You can then name the column and add secondary columns to display, sort, and filter by attributes such as city, state, or country.

1a.png

 

Now when creating or editing list items, you can search for location data from Bing Maps or your organization directory to associate it with your list item.

2.png

 

Once you have added location data for your list items, you can sort and filter your list based on any of the additional columns added during the column creation process. If you want to filter by an attribute you did not include during column creation, it can be added in the Edit Column pane.

3.png

 

Adding a new column type to SharePoint is a rare event. We can’t wait to see what uses you come up with for this new column!

 

We anticipate roll out for targeted release will begin by the end of November, with full worldwide release by mid-December.

 

Update: After resolving some issues that were discovered in targeted release, we are now finally ready to start shipping world wide. Location Column will now be available to everyone by Monday

69 Replies

How will this look from a REST perspective?

e.g. what will the data look like if pulled into power BI? lat and long?


@James Jackson wrote:

The new location column allows you to add rich location data from Bing Maps or your organization directory to any SharePoint list or library.

 


Does this include 'Rooms & Equipment'?  And can this column be added to the SharePoint Calendars or is it only available in 'modern' lists?

Cool feature!

This is a great new column. will there be a bing maps plot available to show where all the location are? 

I would like to know this too!

We are pleased with this addition and hope to see this feature option soon.  Will we be able to convert columns with address info (currently using multiple lines of text) into a location column?

Will there be a possiblity to use OSM (OpenStreetMaps) instead Bing Maps?

Could You please give any visual exaple of using coordinates property.

Is it available for classic SharePoint versions, like SP 2013 too?

Hi Jackson

Still can't see that option in our Office356 environement... do we need to do something to activate?

Just use the _api/web/lists/getbytitle('yourlist')/items URL to see the RAW data behind this field. For i.e. a field in which I entered the Microsoft HQ in Redmond, WA, it stores internally:

 

<d:Location>{"EntityType":"LocalBusiness","LocationSource":"Bing","LocationUri":"https://www.bingapis.com/api/v6/localbusinesses/YN873x16209519703153017334","UniqueId":"https://www.bingapis.com/api/v6/localbusinesses/YN873x16209519703153017334","DisplayName":"Microsoft Corporation","Address":{"Street":"1 Microsoft Way","City":"Redmond","State":"WA","CountryOrRegion":"US","PostalCode":"98052"},"Coordinates":{"Latitude":47.6398811340332,"Longitude":-122.12833404541016}}</d:Location>

 


@Ariel Kropp wrote:

How will this look from a REST perspective?

e.g. what will the data look like if pulled into power BI? lat and long?

The main Location column stores all the location data as a JSON blob. APIs can be called to either return the full blob, or can call for specific information like geocoordinates, street address, place name, etc. by calling the related columns.

 

Calling individual sub columns will probably be the easiest method in most cases


@Scott Smith wrote:

@James Jackson wrote:

The new location column allows you to add rich location data from Bing Maps or your organization directory to any SharePoint list or library.

 


Does this include 'Rooms & Equipment'?  And can this column be added to the SharePoint Calendars or is it only available in 'modern' lists?

Cool feature!


Thanks for your enthusiasm.

 

The column does support looking up specific rooms through Room & Equipment Mailboxes, but is only available in Modern Lists, so cannot be added to a calendar.


@Carlos Cordeiro wrote:

This is a great new column. will there be a bing maps plot available to show where all the location are? 

That's a very interesting suggestion. I think this would require work on the Bing maps side and we could look into partnering with them on it.


@Patrick Fulton wrote:

We are pleased with this addition and hope to see this feature option soon.  Will we be able to convert columns with address info (currently using multiple lines of text) into a location column?

We don't currently have a way to do this, but can look into it if there is substantial interest


@Afghan Salon wrote:

Will there be a possiblity to use OSM (OpenStreetMaps) instead Bing Maps?


Currently Bing Maps and your Organizations directory are the only data sources available. This is so that we can guarantee that all the data processed stays within your organization


@Afghan Salon wrote:

Could You please give any visual exaple of using coordinates property.


Here is a list with Geo Coordinates:

Capture.PNG


@Kaiyan Liu wrote:

Is it available for classic SharePoint versions, like SP 2013 too?


This is only available in Modern SharePoint


@Adi Mader wrote:

Hi Jackson

Still can't see that option in our Office356 environement... do we need to do something to activate?

Role out has been a bit delayed. We are currently at 100% First Release Users and will be at 100% of First Release tenants tomorrow

I came back at the right time! Just tried it and it works great. I had a test list waiting to add this piece. Love it!

LocationSP.JPG