The Pain and Problem of Legacy Addresses. Indiana GIS Conference February 2010. Photo Optional. A legacy address is any address that was assigned prior to your assuming the role of address coordinator. Your predecessor gets the praise if it works
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The Pain and Problem of Legacy Addresses
Indiana GIS Conference
A legacy address is any address that was assigned prior to your assuming the role of address coordinator.
Your predecessor gets the praise if it works
You get the blame and responsibility to fix it if it is wrong
You get the pain of living with it
No policies established
Policies not enforced
Creative interpretation of policies
Study what has been done in the past
Policies-written or verbal
Implementation of the policies
Try to understand the “why” it was done the way it was done
Talk to the people who implemented the policy and assigned the addresses to get insight
Study the current situation
Identify the problems and issues
Identify who and what is impacted by the issues
Decide if the issue requires a “fix” or a “work-around”
Test the solution
Work through various scenarios to determine if the solution actually works
Use GIS to model the solution and the results
If the solution works
Document, document, document
Incorporate into policy
Success will depend on how well you do your “homework”
Clear definition of the problem
“Do the least harm” solution
Clear process to implement solution
Obtaining the political support for the solution
Clear definition of the benefits of the solution
Educating the people involved in the solution
Don’t re-invent the wheel
Look at the way other people deal with similar problems
Will their solutions work in your situation?
How did they make it work?
What problems did they encounter?
May be difficult
Painful for both sides
Don’t attempt in a re-election year
Identify all the instances requiring readdressing and try to do it at one time
Go the extra mile to make it as painless for the people involved as possible
Sometimes what is…is.
What’s there is not going to change
You can make sure that it doesn’t reoccur
Sometimes what is…takes longer.
You may be able to bring about change, but it will have to be over an extended period of time.
Flag addresses to be changed when there is change of ownership
Do “the least harm”
Document what you do
Recognize you may have to live with it, and create the best possible work-around
Leave a good legacy for those who follow you
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