BSI sets standard for geographical data

National standards body BSI has launched a new standard defining how street, land, property and address data is supplied for IT systems.

National standards body BSI has launched a new standard defining how street, land, property and address data is supplied for IT systems.

Geospatial technology is increasingly integrated into mainstream IT systems and applications and the new standard is designed to ensure geographical data can be shared easily and accurately.

The new BS7666:2006 builds on earlier standards by adding specifications on postal delivery points and improving the cross-referencing of data with a system of unique identifiers.

Keith Murray, head of geographic information strategy at Ordnance Survey said, “The launch of the new standard is a welcome step in the right direction to support better information linkage, cross referencing and gazetteer management.

“It has the potential to help all communities of system designers who create and maintain databases for sharing land and property information, especially where indexes and gazetteers are concerned.”

BS7666:2006 will replace the previous standard, BS7666:2000 and is designed to align more closely with international standards. It is also close to the principles of the Digital National Framework industry standard, on which the Ordnance Survey MasterMap portfolio is based.

 

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