FICHIER Central d'ADRESSES de RÉFÉRENCE

FAR Project - Importance


The importance of creating a central file of official addresses on the territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

As soon as one has such an official list, one can limit the names of the streets to be introduced into the system by the users. A practical example can illustrate the problem that can arise in the event that such a list does not exist. Take for example the Boulevard of 30 June in Gombe, Kinshasa.
Without spelling mistakes, one can easily arrive at 28 different ways to introduce this name in the databases:

  • Boulevard of 30 June
  • Boulevard of 30 June
  • Blvd of 30 June
  • Blvd of 30 June
  • Blvd. of 30 June
  • Blvd. of 30 June
  • Boulevard of thirty June
  • Boulevard of thirty June
  • Boulevard of thirty June
  • Boulevard of thirty June
  • Boulevard 30 June
  • Boulevard 30 June
  • Blvd 30 June
  • Blvd 30 June
  • Blvd. 30 June
  • Blvd. 30 June
  • Boulevard thirty June
  • Boulevard thirty June
  • Boulevard thirty June
  • Boulevard thirty June
  • Blv of 30 June
  • Blv of 30 June
  • Blv. of 30 June
  • Blv. of 30 June
  • Blv of 30 June
  • Blv of 30 June
  • Blv. of 30 June
  • Blv. of 30 June

When the major 'B' is replaced by the minor 'b', there are already 56 possibilities. In addition, errors in writing can explode the number of possibilities. For the computer, each possibility represents another street. Finally, it will become a manual job to clean up the databases in order to correct everything that users have introduced since we arrive at a single official name.

This example clearly shows the benefit of a single central file that contains all the official names of the streets. But not only the names of the streets, but also the official addresses on the territory of the RDC!

It is therefore necessary to create, before any other activity, a Central File of Reference Addresses, FAR in acronyms, which becomes the authentic source of the geographical data for the addresses located in the territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to article 4 of the draft law the FAR has the following specific objectives:

1° to offer a technical and organizational framework for the coordinated treatment of addresses located in the territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo;

2° to establish cooperation between all the initiators;

3° to ensure that addresses are processed in accordance with agreed specifications;

4° to provide correct information on the addresses available to participants in the "IDG-DRC", to those not participating in the "IDG-DRC" and to third parties authorized to process the data legitimately.