Using the FGDC Address Standard with Non-English Street Names


Street names carry local context and meaning and can vary locally, even within a relatively small geographic envelope, frequently appearing in languages other than English. The United States Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) in 2011 released a data content standard for storing address data in a highly normalized way. This standard was intended for use within the United States of America and principally for parsing English language street names.

Street names have cultural importance and are frequently represented in the local language. It is therefore important to consider how to parse street name components in a variety of languages in order to meet the needs of non-english speaking communities both locally and globally. This session will review the FGDC standard street name components and method for parsing street names, then consider how to apply these methods and components globally in a variety of languages including English, French, German and languages that use a non-roman alphabet such as Arabic and Russian.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 11:15 to 11:50