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Subject: FW: [regrep] Proposed EU address validation service

A nice example of why contacts should be a separate data structure with it’s own key and identifiers and only linked by association to businessEntities. 


Steve Capell

Red Wahoo Pty Ltd

+61 410 437854


From: Peter F Brown [mailto:peter@justbrown.net]
Sent: Wednesday, 2 June 2004 7:29 AM
To: 'ebXML Regrep (ebXML Regrep)'; regrep-semantic@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [regrep] Proposed EU address validation service


For info…

<quote source="European Commission">

A project partly funded by the EU’s eTEN programme is currently preparing the introduction of a pan-European address validation service. Called RISER (Registry Information Service on European Residents), the project aims to allow for uniform, online access to the address registries of various European countries.

The objective of the RISER project, which is being conducted by an international consortium under the leadership of German software company PSI, is to create a European registry information service. The service would be an online one-stop shop providing uniform, centralised access to the registries of various European countries. The project is currently at the market validation stage, and a pilot operation between Germany, Austria and Ireland is scheduled to begin as early as this summer.

Built on open standards – such as the emerging XML-based formats for e-government transactions in Germany (Online Services Computer Interface - OSCI) and in particular the data format for citizens registration processes OSCI-XMeld – the service will be supplied with data by the national and local civil registration offices. RISER will be presented as a transactional website, enabling requests to be submitted either on a one-by-one (typed in a form) or mass processing (file transfer) basis, and supporting several means of payment. If market validation is successful and the business plan proves fully adapted to pan-European requirements, the consortium will deploy RISER in Europe by mid-2005.

Verification of address information by accessing civil registries is a popular service offered by the public authorities of most EU Member States. The service, which varies widely between countries, is used by companies as well as public institutions seeking to reduce returns in customer correspondence and in bill delivery. The total number of inquiries to validate citizen address information is currently estimated at 40 million for the German market alone, with half of these requests being made by the private sector.

According to PSI, the new service will meet the needs of international financial service providers, shipping companies and e-commerce businesses operating in the expanding single European market. RISER will provide this target group with a uniform access to an extremely heterogeneous registry environment, which should help reduce the complexity and costs of trans-national operations.




Peter Brown

Head of Information Resources Management

European Parliament


I am currently on sabbatical leave, and affiliation is given for information purposes only. Any correspondence with my former service or the Parliament should be addressed to irm@europarl.eu.it


Author of "Information Architecture with XML", published by John Wiley & Sons, www.XMLbyStealth.net


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