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9th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference - SGEM2009, www.sgem.org, SGEM2009 Conference Proceedings/ ISBN 10: 954-91818-1-2, June 14-19, 2009, Vol. 2, 9-16 pp


Addresses constitute a very important part in the infrastructure of the society. They are
exploited not only in everyday life but also in an infinite number of activities. In civil
service are addresses linked to civil engineering, cadastre, administration, risk and
health management etc. In business an address serves as a primary navigation tool for
marketing, insurance, banking, telecommunications, tourism, logistic and others.
Citizens encounter the addresses for understanding of the spatial context, through
cartographic products, postal services and as a common reference. Therefore an address
enters to number of IT applications. It is logical that with the progress of European
integration the EU should have an adequate European Address Infrastructure allowing
the access in a seamless and interoperable way to the existing European Addresses from
different countries. At this moment, nothing that could be considered as a European
Address Infrastructure exists. The lack of harmonization regarding addresses definition,
registration and access, prevents a European Addresses Infrastructure from being built,
which means that addresses cannot be adequately and extensively used, shared and

INSPIRE Directive defines general rules for the establishment of an infrastructure for
spatial information in Europe, based on Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) created by the
Member States that are made compatible and interoperable. Addresses are part of
Annex I of INSPIRE.

The project EURADIN (European Addresses Infrastructure) was started for all these
reasons. EURADIN aims at constituting a Best Practice Network to promote the
European Addresses harmonization. The results shall be used as a reference for all
European Member States to fulfil the INSPIRE recommendations with respect to

Keywords: INSPIRE, Address, Spatial Data Infrastructure, EURADIN

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