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Increasing the efficiency and sustainability by institutional cooperation: The example of the BDMAC, the Addresses Database of Catalonia

Inma Menacho, Miquel Latorre and Anna Lleopart

(Submission #376)


The Institut Cartogràfic I Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC) began the compilation of Catalonian Street Database in 2000, giving response to the needs of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the regional government. In 2009 the Diputació de Lleida, an administration at provincial level that gives support to municipalities, began the compilation of streets attending the needs at local level. In 2011 both institutions began to collaborate in the updating of the street and addresses information.

At that time, the Comisió de Coordinació Cartogràfica de Catalunya created a Working Group for designing a common model to improve the exchange and transfer of streets and addresses information between all public administrations involved in the collaboration. A requirement of the model was to be compatible with INSPIRE Address specification.

In 2013, after the new model, named Base de Dades Municipal d’Adreces de Catalunya (BDMAC), was approved, it was adopted and used by the ICGC and the Diputació de Lleida in their collaborative works. The updated data, once approved by the municipality, are registered as official in the Registre Cartogràfic de Catalunya.

In the last two years more than 130 municipalities have been updated, more than 50% of the province, and it is expected that the rest will be updated at the end of this year.

The project achievements are:

1-Set a collaborative model between public administration at three levels of government : municipal level, province level and regional level 2-Increase the quality of the collected data 3-Provide a common data set 4-Optimize resources of the involved institutions 5-Provide geospatial streets and addresses of urban and rural areas, for all the municipalities of the province 6-Provide a basic layer of information that can be used in several municipal management applications 7-Provide the basic information for geocoding addresses and several applications for the governance and for the citizens 8-Provide data for the official register 9-Provide geoservices for the diffusion and public use of this information


Topic Area:  [2.9] Challenges and approaches to standardization of data and interoperability of systems.
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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