URISA and NENA Post Revised Draft of Street Address Data Standard for Public Comment

December 5, 2005 (Park Ridge, IL) – The second draft of the Street Address Data Standard has been posted for public comment by the geospatial community. The draft standard is available on the website of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) at http://www.urisa.org. The comment period for this version of the draft standard will end on January 16, 2006. 

The objective of this effort has been to create single street address data standard that consists of four parts: content, classification, quality, and transfer. The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) accepted URISA’s formal proposal to create this standard in April 2005. The standard is intended to provide a statement of best practices for defining street address data content and class, set standards and tests of street address data quality, and facilitate exchange of street address data. 

This revision of the draft standard reflects the comments received from the first draft, additional original work that further defines address elements and classes, an approach to devising address data quality tests, and the creation of a detailed XML schema for address data exchange. URISA and its partner in this effort, the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), invite everyone to review the draft and provide comments.  

The results of this collaborative process will be submitted through the FGDC’s formal standards approval process. If they are accepted, the U.S. Census Bureau will maintain the standard under the auspices of its duties as theme lead for the Federal Subcommittee on Cultural, Society, and Demographics.

URISA Past President Martha Lombard, GISP, former URISA Board Member Hilary Perkins, GISP, URISA President-elect Ed Wells, GISP, Carl Anderson, and Sara Yurman are leading this effort on URISA’s behalf. 

URISA is a non-profit educational and professional association with 7,000 international and chapter members dedicated to using spatial information and technologies for the understanding and management of urban and regional systems. For the past six years, URISA has sponsored and organized the annual Street Smart and Address Savvy Conference (endorsed last year by NENA, the United States Postal Service (USPS), and the U.S. Census Bureau), covering a broad spectrum of addressing issues and practices.  URISA is a USGS Partner and an FGDC Stakeholder.

About NENA
NENA is a professional association of 7,000 members and 46 chapters dedicated to providing effective and accessible 9-1-1 services for North America. NENA’s objectives include the protection of human life, the preservation of property, and the maintenance of general community security are among NENA’s objectives.

About The FGDC
The FGDC is a 19 member interagency committee composed of representatives from the Executive Office of the President, Cabinet-level and independent agencies. The FGDC is developing the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) in cooperation with organizations from State, local and tribal governments, the academic community, and the private sector. The NSDI encompasses policies, standards, and procedures for organizations to cooperatively produce and share geographic data.