United States Open Government National Action Plan

October 27, 2015:  the United States released our third Open Government National Action Plan, announcing more than 40 new or expanded initiatives to advance the President’s commitment to an open and citizen-centered government.  You can read the full press-release HERE.

OpenGov1Of particular interest to the geospatial community and to Indiana is the call on page 3 for USDOT to lead the development of a National Address Database (NAD) (See #4 Below).  Building a NAD or “Addresses For The Nation” database has been a long-time goal of the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) which is currently participating is a NAD Pilot project for USDOT, but this has also been a long-time goal [READ MORE] of the Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC) and the Indiana Geographic Information Office (GIO).  Since 2008, Indiana has been actively building statewide authoritative Address, Street Centerline, Parcel and Jurisdictional Boundary GIS layers through our County Data Sharing Initiative.  Our “Local to State” government roll-up model is the perfect solution to provide a homogeneous statewide layer of the best available authoritative GIS data [MORE HERE].

We are particularly excited to see the President call for a consolidated address database of the United States as this completes the missing Federal link “Local to State to Federal” in a national data sharing model, and should provide the opportunity for federal funding to support the development and maintenance of these data at the local level and support the roll-up of these data at the state and federal levels.

#4. Launch a Process to Create a Consolidated Public Listing of Every Address in the United States.  Although address information for residential and commercial properties is collected across the United States by all levels of government and industry, it isn’t currently compiled in an open, easily accessible format. Additionally, much of the information collected at the Federal level is prohibited from public release due to various privacy laws. This non-private address information can be crucial to first responders and emergency service providers and can also be useful to innovators who might use it to build tools or launch services to improve communities. The Department of Transportation will begin coordinating across the public and private sector; connecting agencies, industry and innovators to gain consensus on an open standard for public address information; pursuing open data strategies for sharing certain address information — excluding names and other private information; and exploring uses of this information that drive innovation and inform the public.

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