Finnish Working Group on Postcodes / Address Data Seeks Input

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The Finnish Ministry of Transportation and Communications has set up a working group to improve the transparency and openness of the postal code- and address registry systems (see the translated ministry press release below)

In order to aid the working group in its work, you are welcome to provide our team member Antti Poikola with information on postcode and address data in other EU Member States and elsewhere. So that those experiences can be used to inform the decision making of the Finnish working group.

IMPROVING THE TRANSPARENCY AND OPENESS OF THE FINNISH POSTAL CODE- AND ADDRESS REGISTRY SYSTEMS

Original press release of the ministry (in Finnish) (translation by Antti Poikola)

Working group is set for the period: 01.06.2012-15.02.2013
Working group members

Role of the working group is to find out, how the transparency of postal code system and address registry, could be improved. Its role is to determine how the transparency of these registries can be improved so that the databases could be used for example in the development of new services.

The working group must assess whether it would be appropriate to transfer the maintenance of the postal zip code system away from the publicly own postal company to the Communications Regulatory Authority and the financial implications and necessary legislative actions of such change. The working will make proposals on how to improve the transparency of the postal- and address registries and propose related legislative and other needed actions. The working group will also review the possible effects of proposals to the different stakeholders.

The working group’s mandate is based on the Katainen’s (current prime minister) Government programme, which states that “information resources produced using public funding will be opened up for public and corporate access”. The postal code system and the address register are two key information systems for the society, the possibilities for more open exploitaiton of these systems will be explore by the working group. The aim is that the systems would serve better, for example, new players and operators.

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