In Holland there is a new system that standardises all addresses. It’s called the BAG.

It’s a problem that is very similar to the problems that location based services like Facebook and Foursquare have: they are all independantly creating a database of places in the world. Restaurants, homes, workplaces.. any place where we check in with these services.

In digital space there have been similar initiatives to combine these databases into one standardised digital map. It’ll be curious to see how these commercial and governmental systems will interact. More on these commercial initiatives:

http://techcrunch.com/2010/04/17/open-database-places/

http://techcrunch.com/2010/05/08/place-database/

http://www.mobilemarketingwatch.com/gowalla-debuts-major-3-0-update-now-with-unified-checkins-synced-places-database-11618/