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Data Category 'Place' not displaying on map



I'm plotting Universities on a map in PowerBI desktop (text strings like 'University of Nottingham' or 'Edinburgh Napier'). This works fine on desktop with Data Category = 'Uncategorized'. Unfortunately I found that these points don't display when I publish the file to


According to thread, the solution is to change Data Category to 'Place'. However, when I do this the points don't display at all, either on desktop or 


Is there some other way to plot this data or get the data types to play nicely between desktop and



Community Support Team
Community Support Team

Re: Data Category 'Place' not displaying on map

Hi @trashmap 

In Power BI Desktop, cilck on the column, then select "Data category", you can change it to "place".

If your column shows names of University, please add a column with the city where the University located in.

You could take the suggestion from this thread.


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trashmap Frequent Visitor
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Re: Data Category 'Place' not displaying on map

Thanks for your response @v-juanli-msft .


When I change the data category of the 'University Name' column to 'Place' the geocoding stops working (the data stops plotting on the map).


Yes, I could manually geocode all these universities and then use those locations for my map, but this would be quite a large extra process. Is there no way to use the geocoding in PowerBI that works when the data is uncategorised?  It seems bizarre to me that PowerBI is clearly capable of plotting Universities by their name, but won't do so when the data category is changed to 'Place'.

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