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Structured Name and Address Model

The Structured Name & Address Model supports communications about the various parties involved in business transactions. Three key components of the model provide standardized and highly structured approaches to the treatment of names (both organizational and personal), addresses (physical locations and virtual/online addresses) and party identifiers.

The model is expressed in XML, utilizing many of the concepts underpinning EDItEUR's range of ONIX standards. It is explicitly intended for machine-to-machine communications, though its structure is human-readable for easier comprehension and implementation.

EDItEUR has collaborated closely with a Working Group of ICEDIS (EDItEUR's steering group for serials and library supply) to create and develop the Structured Name & Address model. This is still a work in progress, with several phases foreseen:

  • A “paper pilot” is currently underway, to test the format against a wide range of real business addresses;
  • The model has been incorporated into a draft ICEDIS New Orders standard;
  • The Working Group is discussing future applications that could be based on the model, including Subscriber Lists, Address Change messaging and conveying End User information;
  • In future the model will be deployed as required wherever this kind of name, address and identifier handling is needed in the ONIX and EDItX standards that EDItEUR maintains.

The model is documented, from both business and technical standpoints, in an Overview document. The Overview describes the business drivers behind the development of the format and gives a comprehensive description of the data items that make up the model. An XML schema has been produced to assist in message creation and validation:

If you would like to know more about the Structured Name & Address Model, offer suggestions for its future development or participate in this ICEDIS Working Group please email Tim Devenport via info@editeur.org.

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