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NL - Base Registry for Buildings and Addresses open to commercial activity

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As from 1 February 2012, both Government and private parties will be able to (re)use and supply data from Base Registry for Buildings and Addresses (BAG), including all postal codes, for commercial and non-commerical purposes.

For sharing data, the Dutch Government has set up a system of Base Registeries. This enables to save costs and reduce administrative burdens. As an important part of that infrastructure, BAG is a clear, current and complete set of all addresses and buildings in the Netherlands. BAG also offers unique identification numbers, so that it can easily establish relationships with other Base Registries. Since 1 July 2011, Government agencies have required to use BAG.

Until now, Government and private parties can (freely) use all data from BAG for their own administration. However, private parties are restricted to use data for non-commercial purposes and cannot share them with third parties.

As from 1 February 2012, this situation will change, especially for businesses and service providers that will receive a lot of opportunities, e.g. creating applications (apps) for smart phones and tablet PCs based on data from the BAG. This change fits into the policy of the Dutch Government and the European Commission to make government information available for reuse in an easy and inexpensive manner.

About Base Registries

Base Registries are one of the NUP building blocks. They are part of the system of Base Registeries that the Dutch government has set up to facilitate the sharing of authentic data.

According to the European Interoperability Framework (EIF), Base Registries are authentic sources of information under the control of a public administration.  Examples include registries of persons, vehicles, companies, licences, VAT numbers, locations, buildings, roads, etc. The EIF recommends public administrations to make their authentic sources of information available to others while implementing access and control mechanisms to ensure security and privacy in accordance with the relevant legislation.

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