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Latest revision as of 15:30, 26 June 2020

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A request consists of a protocol to make a call to the service, detailing desired elements. The minimum required elements in a request are your Customer ID (License Key) and the fields listed as Required below.

The web service supports REST and JSON protocols.


[edit] URL

Use URL
Standard http://globalbusinesssearch.melissadata.net/
Secure https://globalbusinesssearch.melissadata.net/


[edit] Field Names

This is a list of the request field names and their protocol naming conventions.

Field Name REST
Transmission Reference t
License Key id
Options opt
Columns cols
Format format
Company Name comp
Address Line 1 a1
Address Line 2 a2
Address Line 3 a3
Address Line 4 a4
Address Line 5 a5
Locality loc
Administrative Area area
Postal Code postal
Country ctry
Phone Number phone
Stock Ticker stock
Web Address URL web
Melissa Address Key (MAK) mak
Melissa Enterprise Key (MEK) mek


[edit] Request Elements

The following elements set the basic options for each request. These apply to the entire request, not the individual records.

Transmission Reference

Optional.
This is a string value that serves as a unique identifier for this set of records. It is returned as sent.
Protocol Syntax
REST ?t = string


License Key

Required.
This is a string value containing the License Key issued to the customer by Melissa for the web service.
If this element is absent, the web service will return an error. To receive a License Key, please contact your Melissa sales representative at 1-800-MELISSA.
Protocol Syntax
REST &id = string


Options

Optional.
Specifies the options. See the options below for more information.
Protocol Syntax
REST &opt = string


List options in the following format, with multiple options delimited with a ",".
Syntax
OptionName:Parameter,OptionName:Parameter


SearchType

This options allows you to specify the type of search to perform. Default is Auto.
Option Name Parameter Description
SearchType Auto Default. Performs company name, address, web address URL, and phone searches until one or more matches are found.
AddressSearch Uses address data as the primary pivot when verifying or appending information.
PhoneSearch Uses phone data as the primary pivot when verifying or appending information.
CompanySearch Uses company name data as the primary pivot when verifying or appending information.


SearchCondition

Specifies the type of search conditions to use when returning records. Only the populated input fields will be compared. A strict search condition is used by default.
Option Name Parameter Description
SearchCondition strict Default. The input values should match the output values exactly.
progressive First acts like a strict search, then progressively drops inputs until a result is found.
loose No filtering will be done. Raw record results will be returned.


SortBy

This option sorts records in your desired order. If a specified property name does not have ascending or descending specified, an ascending order will be default.
Option Name Parameter Description
SortBy PostalCode-ascending
PostalCode-descending
Sort by postal code.
Locality-ascending
Locality-descending
Sort by Administrative Area then Locality.
AddressLine1-ascending
AddressLine1-descending
Sort by address line 1.
CompanyName-ascending
CompanyName-descending
Sort by company name.
MelissaEnterpriseKey-ascending
MelissaEnterpriseKey-descending
Sort by Melissa Enterprise Key (MEK)
StockTicker-ascending
StockTicker-descending
Sort by Stock Ticker.
URL-ascending
URL-descending
Sort by Web Address URL.
MoveDate-ascending
MoveDate-descending
Sort by Move Date
MelissaAddressKey-ascending
MelissaAddressKey-descending
Sort by Melissa Address Key (MAK)
MelissaAddressKeyBase-ascending
MelissaAddressKeyBase-descending
Sort by Melissa Address Key Base (Base MAK)


MaxPhone

Specifies the maximum number of phone numbers that can be returned. Default is 3.
Option Name Parameter Description
MaxPhone # [0 - #] Specifies number of phone numbers to return.


Page

Specifies which "page" to return for a given request. Your "page" length is set by RecordsPerPage.
If your request returns more than your RecordsPerPage, these records will be split into "pages". Use this option to select which "page" to view. If your specified "page" is out of the range of possible "page" numbers, an error will be returned.
This option is ignored if the option ReturnAllPages is set to "true".
Option Name Parameter Description
Page # [0 - #] Specifies which "page" to return.


RecordsPerPage

Specifies how many records are in a "page". The default value is 5.
This option is ignored if the option ReturnAllPages is set to "true".
Option Name Parameter Description
RecordsPerPage # [0 - #] Default set to 5. Sets the records per "page".


ReturnAllPages

Option Name Parameter Description
ReturnAllPages true Will return all records up to a limit of 500.
false Default. Will not return all records.


Columns

Optional.
Specifies which column(s) to be output as a column delimited string.
Protocol Syntax
REST &cols = string


Entering the column name will return the column. Specifying a group name will return all columns in the group.
Field Name Default Group Groups GrpAll
CompanyName [DEFAULT]
Returned by default.
PreviousAddress GrpAll
AddressLine1
AddressLine2
AddressLine3
AddressLine4
AddressLine5
AddressLine6 N/A
AddressLine7
AddressLine8
SubPremise PreviousAddress
Locality
AdministrativeArea
PostalCode
CountryName
MelissaAddressKey
MelissaAddressKeyBase
MelissaEnterpriseKey
CountryISO3166_1_Alpha2 N/A
MoveDate N/A MoveDate
PhoneNumber Phone
StockTicker StockTicker
WebAddress WebAddress
EIN EIN
LocationType LocationType


Format

Optional.
The desired format of the response.
Protocol Syntax
REST &format = string


Company Name

Recommended.
The company name.
Protocol Syntax
REST &comp = string


Address Line 1

Optional.
The input field for the address. This should contain the delivery address information (house number, thoroughfare, building, suite, etc.) but should not contain locality information (locality, administrative area, postal code, etc.) which have their own inputs.
Protocol Syntax
REST &a1 = string


Address Line 2

Optional.
The input field for the address. This should contain the delivery address information (house number, thoroughfare, building, suite, etc.) but should not contain locality information (locality, administrative area, postal code, etc.) which have their own inputs.
Protocol Syntax
REST &a2 = string


Address Line 3

Optional.
The input field for the address. This should contain the delivery address information (house number, thoroughfare, building, suite, etc.) but should not contain locality information (locality, administrative area, postal code, etc.) which have their own inputs.
Protocol Syntax
REST &a3 = string


Address Line 4

Optional.
The input field for the address. This should contain the delivery address information (house number, thoroughfare, building, suite, etc.) but should not contain locality information (locality, administrative area, postal code, etc.) which have their own inputs.
Protocol Syntax
REST &a4 = string


Address Line 5

Optional.
The input field for the address. This should contain the delivery address information (house number, thoroughfare, building, suite, etc.) but should not contain locality information (locality, administrative area, postal code, etc.) which have their own inputs.
Protocol Syntax
REST &a5 = string


Locality

Optional.
The locality.
Protocol Syntax
REST &loc = string


Administrative Area

Optional.
The administrative area.
Protocol Syntax
REST &area = string


Postal Code

Optional.
The postal code.
Protocol Syntax
REST &postal = string


Country

Optional.
The country.
Protocol Syntax
REST &ctry = string


Phone Number

Optional.
The phone number.
Protocol Syntax
REST &phone = string


Stock Ticker

Optional.
The company stock ticker.
Protocol Syntax
REST &stock = string


Web Address URL

Optional.
The web address URL.
Protocol Syntax
REST &web = string


Melissa Address Key (MAK)

Optional.
A propietary unique key identifier for an address.
Protocol Syntax
REST &mak = string


Melissa Enterprise Key (MEK)

Optional.
A propietary unique key identifier for a business address.
Protocol Syntax
REST &mek = string
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