Location of properties based on address identifiers usually by road name house number postal code
An address is an identification of the fixed location of a property The full address is a hierarchy consisting of components such as geographic names with an increasing level of detail e g town then street name then house number or name It may also include a post code or other postal descriptors The address may include a path of access but this depends on the function of the address Addresses serve several purposes these include the four uses described in the Dutch Address Registration catalogue i location e g for visits or the delivery of mail ii identification e g in context of a building registration iii jurisdiction e g authority responsible for the property identified by the address iv sorting and ordering VROM 2006 There may be other uses identified in the INSPIRE user requirements survey for example to aid emergency response A number of different object types can be related to property The most commonly recognised types that have addresses are land parcels and buildings including flats or apartments However other object types such as water pumping stations and agricultural buildings are also types of property Although they do not receive post they may need to have an address for other functions This is true in both rural and urban areas Some other property types that might have addresses include a sports ground a foothold or a mooring place Collectively objects which can have addresses are referred to as addressable objects The location of an address is most often defined so that it characterises the location of the related addressable object Although all national or local address systems share similar concepts and general properties differences exist in formal and informal standards rules schemas and data models within Europe Differences also exist in the extent of the address system for example it may be simplified in rural areas From revised D2 3
The INSPIRE Interactive Data specification platform offers MS data providers two new applications to support in general their initial data scope “identification” task whether their dataset(s) fall under the data scope of INSPIRE or not.
The first application “Interactive Data Specifications” facilitates the use of the INSPIRE Data Specification – Technical Guidelines documents by providing means to study as well as compare selected parts of the INSPIRE technical documentation (from up to 3 data themes).
The second application “Find your scope” has been developed to support MS data providers with identification of the INSPIRE data scope that is relevant to their dataset(s) that they administer. This application is foreseen to be useful especially in situations where data provider’s datasets do not follow exactly the INSPIRE data themes /application schemas content.
The platform also provides links to useful additional resources of information (e.g. INSPIRE Registry, website etc.).
The development of the Toolkit has been supported by ARE3NA, Action 1.17 of the EU ISA Programme.