Turkish street addressing system and geocoding challenges

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YILDIRIM V., Yomralıoğlu T., Nisanci R., Inan H.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS-MUNICIPAL ENGINEER, vol.167, no.2, pp.99-107, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


A street address system is one of the most basic techniques used by government and others for service delivery. It enables emergency services, security, taxation, health services, delivery and mail services and it also monitors the spatial whereabouts of individuals within a population. The effective management of urban areas can only be achieved if an accurate street address infrastructure is formed. The present study investigated the problems related to street addressing in Turkey and was conducted in three stages. First, the effectiveness of the existing street addressing system was examined. The problems caused by organisations and individuals that use non-standard formats were addressed in the second stage. In the third and final stage, statistical analyses of various geocoding methods, including dual-range, one-range, single field and the zoning improvement plan, were carried out and the most appropriate geocoding method was found.