AddressNC's latest statewide address point consolidation project was finished successfully in October of 2014.
In 2012, the North Carolina Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (CGIA) began a two year partnership with NC Broadband, a Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, to develop local level addressing best practices and aggregate an updated statewide address dataset. This partnership, also known as AddressNC, is supported by federal grant funding through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). AddressNC is one project under North Carolina’s State Broadband Data and Development Grant awarded to the NC Department of Commerce. Under this grant program, the NTIA partners with each state to collect and map data on broadband availability. For more information on this program visit: http://www.ncbroadband.gov.
AddressNC’s three primary aims include:
- Discover and publish best practices for local government address management and conduct outreach and training with local government staff;
- Develop, design and implement improved workflows and systems to update the NC Master Address Dataset, originally created in 2009;
- Collect current statewide address information from North Carolina local governments and aggregate recently updated addresses into the common schema of the NC Master Address Dataset.
AddressNC builds on previous CGIA efforts to support statewide addressing needs. In 2008, CGIA was tasked by the NC General Assembly to assemble a statewide address dataset in support of the 2010 decennial census. CGIA worked with local governments across the state over a ten month period to assemble and aggregate available address information. The resulting dataset represents over 4.7 million address points that are provided in tabular and geospatial formats following recognized federal standards.
AddressNC will support local governments in the development and maintenance of address datasets. CGIA will work with selected local governments to document best practices of successful local government addressing programs. These best practices will serve as guide points for what works at governments of all sizes and capacity levels. A higher quality, normalized local dataset will benefit the aggregation process for ingesting and integrating local government data into an accurate and multi- purposed statewide dataset. This project’s update of the NC Master Address Dataset will provide long term benefits for future data aggregation efforts by providing a strong methodology for improving quality and efficiency at each level of activity. The project ends in September 2013 with the publication and dissemination of the updated Master Address Dataset, supporting project documentation, and best practice recommendations.