Another basic data register is now available on the Data Distributor

19-06-2018

In March, the Danish Administrative Units basic data register opened access to data on the National Data Distributor. This marks an important step in the improvement of Denmark’s address data through the Basic Data Programme.

The Danish Administrative Units register contains the official administrative boundaries in Denmark. In addition to boundaries between municipalities and regions, the register includes boundaries between approx. 2 200 parishes, 24 judicial districts, 12 police districts, 92 electoral constituencies and approx. 1 100 postal codes.
On the National Data Distributor platform, the Danish Administrative Units register has been expanded with a number of new boundaries, such as voting districts.

Used in the municipalities’ new electoral system

Data from the Danish Administrative Units register will be used in Denmark’s new electoral system, for example. On behalf of the municipalities, KOMBIT (a common ICT project organisation supporting Danish municipalities with development of common ICT solutions, procurements, etc.) has prepared a requirements specification for the new electoral system, enabling the system to continuously draw on current data on voting districts from the Danish Administrative Units register.

This correspondence between the electorate system and the basic data register is an example of more efficient data handling. The ambition of the Basic Data Programme is to help public authorities to avoid having to report changes in data to several different systems. This will be achieved through the ongoing implementation of new ICT systems designed to draw on updated and accurate basic data registers.

A milestone in the Basic Data Program

The administrative boundaries in the register constitute an essential part of overall modernisation of address data in the Basic Data Programme. In November 2017, the register of ‘Danish Place Names’ (Danske Stednavne) was launched, and Denmark’s Address Register (DAR) will also be available from May this year.