Feb
13

Address formats before systems….

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The UPU’s Post*Code database lists 12 of 19 Latin American countries as having either A or B level verification.  I am skeptical about a couple of those 12.

Talking about addresses only, I agree the problem is that the countries don’t have address systems, which means addresses are not in a fixed format and are changeable.  Door colors are used and change; “major” landmarks used might vary, street names are not set, etc.  (The Costa Rican presentation that discusses their new address system has some examples of previous addresses that illustrate the point.)  I don’t see how address hygiene can be done without some idea what the address should look like and what might be correct or incorrect addressing.  So, I think the addresses will be too free-form for hygiene in many of the countries.

Beyond addresses, would there be privacy or other legal issues involved in any of these countries?

There are some people in this group who are much more expert in computer address issues than I am and I will be interested in whether they think it’s possible.  If this is possible, I certainly know some companies that would be interested in it.

Best,

Merry Law, WorldVu

Categories : Addressing, public data

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