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RE: Components of street addresses

From: Gillman, Daniel - BLS <Gillman.Daniel@bls.gov>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 10:42:57 -0500
To: 'Phil Archer' <phila@w3.org>, Bart van Leeuwen <Bart_van_Leeuwen@netage.nl>
CC: Government Linked Data Working Group WG <public-gld-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <43874BE67F0C694B8FAAF7B42DE3266C03D5ECD729@PSBMBX1.psb.bls.gov>
Phil, Bart, all -

You should take a look at ISO/IEC 19773 (Metadata modules) as a reference for addresses.  It took the UPU-43 spec and made it computable, and the standard will be freely available soon.  In the meantime, please contact the editor for a copy: Frank Farance, Farance Inc, New York (frank@farance.com).

Yours,
Dan

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Phil Archer [mailto:phila@w3.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 5:02 AM
To: Bart van Leeuwen
Cc: Government Linked Data Working Group WG
Subject: Re: Components of street addresses

Bart, hi,

This is very interesting as it touches on work I'm doing with the 
Commission on core vocabularies. We're close to publishing a draft for 
review that includes address representation, work lead by the folks who 
are coordinating the INSPIRE work and that includes input from people 
working on a new ISO standard for this (ISO/WD 19160-1). There already 
is a complete and endorsed INSPIRE Guideline [1] which is comprehensive. 
add in the Universal Postal Union's S42 standard and we're not short of 
standards for address representation.

However... I understand that even within a given country there are 
almost always examples of addresses that don't conform to the standard. 
It's a mess and probably always will be.

The approach you're taking, with a street as a resource, sounds as if it 
just might match the INSPIRE model. They have:

locator,
thoroughfare name,
address area name,
postal descriptor,
administrative unit,
Address representation.

The last of these is "write the address as a string you can print on a 
label" just like vCard. The first two though are the kind of thing you 
mention with the locator - the specific door number - being separate 
from the thoroughfare name.

Let's make sure we have time to talk about this in Galway next week as 
meeting your use case will be important evidence that we've done it right.

Cheers

Phil.

[1] 
http://inspire.jrc.ec.europa.eu/documents/Data_Specifications/INSPIRE_DataSpecification_AD_v3.0.1.pdf



On 17/01/2012 20:24, Bart van Leeuwen wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> although it might be slightly off topic I'm sure there is enough knowledge
> / network in this group to help me further.
> The dutch government opened up their complete address and building
> information registry, I'm looking into making this available as Linked
> data so I'm investigating the components.
> The addresses in that data set are completely split, so there is a street
> ( which is a resource ) and separate house numbers and floor level
> indicators.
> I've been looking for a few days, but so far i only could find the
> combined property in the various ontology's which deal with address data (
> vcard etc )
>
> I was wondering if someone could help me a bit further, and if we the
> dutch are the only ones having addresses in this way ?
>
> If there is interest I could demo it during the F2F
>
> With kind regards/Met Vriendelijke Groet
> Bart van Leeuwen
>
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