MetroGIS Address Point Dataset Specifications Finalized
By Mark Kotz, Metropolitan Council
The MetroGIS Address Workgroup has finalized a set of data specifications for what will become the MetroGIS Address Points dataset. This dataset is envisioned to contain a point and an official address for every occupiable unit, and any other official address in the metro area. The data will come from the more than 100 address authorities in the metro, which are typically cities, and sometimes counties.
In order to begin the creation of this dataset, a collaborative workgroup has defined a set of data specifications that are derived primarily from a draft national standard as well as the combined thought and experience of the MetroGIS Address Workgroup.
In 2006 the workgroup conducted a pilot project to test the preliminary data specifications with real data in cities and counties. The results of that pilot suggested some changes to the specifications, mainly with optional items, and also provided comments on suggested changes and clarifications to the draft national standard.
In February 2010 a new draft of the national standard was published and submitted to the Federal Geographic Data Committee as a proposed national standard. It is expected that the FGDC will have a formal public review period for this standard.
MetroGIS is now testing implementation of the Address Points Dataset and hopes to begin distributing a preliminary version of the dataset with a few contributing address authorities. The intention of the MetroGIS Address Workgroup is to review the specifications for possible modifications if and when a final national standard is approved.
More information about the MetroGIS Address Workgroup can be found here or contact Mark Kotz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-602-1644.