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Title: South African address standard and initiatives towards an international address standard
Authors: Cooper, AK
Coetzee, S
Keywords: International address standards
Interoperability
Feasible
Developing mechanisms
Issue Date: Oct-2008
Publisher: Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial Conference
Citation: Cooper, AK and Coetzee, S. 2008. South African address standard and initiatives towards an international address standard. Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial Conference, FOSS4G, Cape Town, South Africa, 29 September - 3 October 2008, pp 13
Abstract: Various countries and international organizations have address standards or are developing them. An address is needed for many more applications than just postal delivery, such as: goods delivery; connecting utilities; opening bank accounts; voting; visiting friends; and providing a reference context for presenting other information. The benefits of an international address standards include: enabling address interoperability across boundaries; reducing service delivery costs; enabling development of addressing tools (including open source); and assisting countries with inadequate addressing systems to implement and maintain them. The idea is not to develop one address structure imposed on everyone, but rather a framework and vocabulary for describing address data around the world, to enable interoperability. The South African address standard, SANS 1883, does not aim at devising a new system of addressing or building a national address database, but rather at enabling interoperability in address data. The standard defines twelve address types currently used in South Africa, both official and unofficial. A paper exploring the possibilities of an international address standard was presented at the GSDI-10 conference in Trinidad in February 2008. An ISO Workshop on address standards was held in Copenhagen in May 2008, attached to the meetings of ISO/TC 211, Geographic information/ Geomatics. This paper reports on these activities and others, considering issues such as: Is an international address standard feasible? Should it be descriptive, prescriptive, or both? What mechanism should be used for developing it? What should it include (e.g: vocabular, ontology; geo-referencing and a reference model)?
Description: Paper presented at the 2008 Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial Conference 29 September - 3 October 2008 "Open Source Geospatial: An Option for Developing Nations", Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/2785
ISBN: 978-0-620-42117-1
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General science, engineering & technology

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