[December 01, 2000] AND XML Repository: "The AND GlobalAddress structure is designed for generic, unified markup of address information of over 80 countries, 36 of which have extensively been field-tested within the AND Address processing factory."
AND issued an announcement on December 1, 2000: "AND Data Solutions has made its global address XML definition available to the OASIS Customer Information Quality (CIQ) Technical Committee. With this global address definition AND wishes to contribute to the development of open world standards for address management. AND Data Solutions has developed the XML data structure to standardize on the worldwide presentation of addresses. The global address structure is now available for 36 countries, which will grow to 85 individual countries on short notice. Customer data, with address information as a key component, forms the foundation to build effective customer relationships. OASIS has therefore recently set up the CIQ Technical Committee, dedicated to work on cross industry XML standards for customer profile management and exchange. The committee's work will help improve information system interoperability, and enable consistent communication and handling of customer information by trading partners... driven by the use of the Internet, the current enthusiasm for customer relationship management and the proliferation in the number of business using call centers, the amount of information generated shows no sign of slowing down. The research shows that three quarters of respondents expect their address databases to grow in terms of records in the next year, some expecting increases of up to 300 per cent. Yet this data - supplied through multi-channel sources such as the Internet, telephone, WAP phones and even digital and interactive TV - can be unreliable. Many companies are capturing this information from e-business activities where customers are responsible for inputting their own details. This research has shown an urgent need for good quality address products, for which AND can provide online address verification and completion services based on its worldwide address data. Address Data consists of datasets including postcodes, cities, streets and locations covering more than 80 countries across the world. The growing AND Global Address Data customer base includes Sony, Philips, Kodak, Compaq, Xerox, Gateway 2000 and Client Logic."
AND International Publishers is an internationally orientated company specializing in three key areas: (1) development and maintenance of databases that model aspects of the world; (2) development of its industry-leading compression and indexing technology to utilize these data models; (3) electronic publications based on these data sets and technology."
Compare: Clavis Address. "At the heart of Clavis Address Query is a dataset containing address information for more than 80 countries - including cities, street names, premises, post box numbers and postcode systems. Constantly updated and verified by teams of researchers under ISO 9002 certified conditions, Global Address Data from AND Data Solutions is the most comprehensive available anywhere. To ensure that Clavis Address Query is always accurate, an updated version of AND Global Address data is released on a quarterly basis."
[November 08, 2000] "AND Makes Global Address XML Definition Available to OASIS." See also the press release from the AND web site.