I wanted to pass this along – it looks like a very good event, and it is being organized by Dan Goldberg from USC, who is a local geocoding expert.
It’s local here in Redlands, CA and it’s FREE!
The University of Southern California and Esri are collaborating to hold the First International Geospatial Geocoding Conference (IGGC) at the Esri Conference Center in Redlands, CA on December 6-7 2011. This two day event aims to draw together the leading minds in academia, industry and government to discuss geocoding research, development, technology, and applications for many domains including health, intelligence, transportation, engineering, planning, emergency response, marketing, law enforcement, insurance and many others.
For more information, and to register, go to the Conference website: http://geocodingconference.com
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The County began maintaining its own GIS address data back in 2000. In its current iteration, the system to maintain it, the Countywide Address Management System (CAMS). has managed to achieve very good accuracy rates of over 99% of source data, but as the article forwarded to me from Glendale shows, I am thinking that the next phase of this effort has to formalize the integration with public safety resources.
I was looking for geocoding in LA County, and came across a paper by Peter Fonda-Bonardi (the County’s acknowledged expert in Addressing). Click here to see the paper
The first paragraph (written in 1994):
The County of Los Angeles (LAC) and its adjacent public agencies use at least sixty (60) different house numbering systems (HNSs) to assign addresses to streets and buildings. An unknown number of private house numbering systems assign addresses to commercial complexes, mobile home parks, and gated tracts. Other addressing systems locate callboxes along freeways, mileposts along highways and railways, stations along rivers and flood channels, aqueducts, pipelines, or power lines. The use of so many HNSs leads to many duplicate street names and address ranges, which complicate the construction of address reference file and automated geocoding. This document is an initial inventory and technical description of the County’s publicly-maintained HNSs, including an HNS attribute table useful for the automated editing of topological address reference files such as TIGER.
I checked this site (http://openaddresses.org/)out. It looks like a good interface, but they aren’t ready yet. They only appear to have data in Paris.
A new resource is now online and rolling out at openaddresses.org – simply put, the resource boasts “OpenAddresses is a web portal for the management of Open Source worldwide localized postal addresses.” So far the web service has a pretty slick UI using the OpenStreetMap base and some limited functionality with promises of more to come soon. http://openaddresses.org/ – To support the effort the resource also has a Google Group as well as a project Wiki hosted on Google Code
Thanks Joel Myhre for passing this along.
Access the FGDC website
The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) is conducting a public review of the draft United States Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data Standard. The United States Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data Standard covers data content, data classification, data exchange, and data quality. The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), in conjunction with the FGDC Subcommittee on Cultural and Demographic Statistics chaired by the U.S. Census Bureau, developed this draft standard. The FGDC Coordination Group, comprised of representatives of Federal agencies, approved releasing this draft standard for public review at its March 16, 2010 meeting. The FGDC invites both public and private sector data users, producers and software vendors to comment on this standard to ensure that the standard meets their needs.
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I wanted to pass along the great presentation from Todd Zagurski of Regional Planning. Todd is is the project lead for creating a new, parcel accurate ZIP code layer for the County, and gave a status update and discussed the creation process. Today’s presentation was impacted by the bad quality of the projector, and the information that was contained in the map slides that folks couldn’t see provides useful information. I wanted to provide it as soon as possible.
This new zipcode data will be crucial for improving a number of capabilities, including:
- Better cartographic representation of zipcodes;
- Address Management for both street centerlines and address points;
- Parcel attributing to reduce errors in countywide mailings (the Assessor, for example);
- Community Boundary delineation;
- Accuracy of demographic and many different kinds of reporting;
The data, once complete, will be publicly available.
Link to the Powerpoint Presentation: as a PDF – click here