Address Data Content Standard

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The objective of the Standard is to provide a method for documenting the content of address information.  As a data usability standard, the Standard describes a way to express the content, applicability, data quality and accuracy of a dataset or data element. 

The Standard additionally codifies some commonly used discrete units of address information, referred to as descriptive elements.  It provides standardized terminology and definitions to alleviate inconsistencies in the use of descriptive elements and to simplify the documentation process. 


The Standard establishes the requirements for documenting the content of addresses. It is applicable to addresses of entities having a spatial component .  The Standard does not apply to addresses of entities lacking a spatial component and specifically excludes electronic addresses, such as e-mail addresses.

Sponsored by

Subcommittee on Cultural and Demographic Data

Project history

Proposal   FGDC Standards Working Group
Public review draft  2003-04-17
Subcommittee on Cultural and Demographic Data