FGDC Draft Address Data Content Standard
Draft Address Data Content Standard for Public Review
Date: Tue, 06 May 2003 14:52:33 -0400 From: Eliot Christian <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: Draft Address Data Content Standard
The U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee has released the draft Address Data Content Standard for public review between May 1, 2003 and July 31, 2003. The purpose of this standard is to facilitate the exchange of address information.
Organizations often have detailed specifications about the structure of their address information without defining the content, i.e., the elements that constitute an address within their system. Knowledge of both structure and content is required to successfully share information in a digital environment. The Address Data Content Standard simplifies the address data exchange process by providing a method for documenting the content of address information. It codifies some commonly used discrete units of address information, referred to as descriptive elements, and provides standardized terminology and definitions to alleviate inconsistencies in the use of descriptive elements and to simplify the documentation process.
The Address Data Content Standard is applicable to addresses of entities having a spatial component. It does not apply to addresses of entities lacking a spatial component and specifically excludes electronic addresses, such as e-mail addresses. It does not require addresses be shared and does not provide guidelines for determining whether addresses can be shared. Some organizations are prohibited by statute from sharing addresses or some part of address information due to requirements for confidentiality and security. The Address Data Content Standard places no requirement on internal organization of use or structure of address data. However, its principles can be extended to all addresses, including addresses maintained within an organization, even if they are not shared.
For guidance on obtaining a copy of the draft Address Data Content Standard for review and comment and submitting comments, please visit the FGDC standards page on the Address Data Content Standard at http://www.fgdc.gov/standards/status/sub2_4.html.