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Appendix I - Configuration Guide - UKAddressVerification Outputs

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The following field types can be used when specifying the outputs when the engine is running in UKAddressing mode.

The input column types are listed in Appendix A - Column Types. Only the following input column types are used in the address verification process:

  • Company;
  • Organization - synonym for Company;
  • Address1;
  • ...
  • Address9;
  • Town;
  • City - synonym for Town;
  • County;
  • Region - synonym for County;
  • Postcode;
  • Country.

See below for a list of other input fields that can be passed through to the output.

Unique Ref

  • UniqueRef.

Corrected address

  • Company;
  • Organization - synonym for Company;
  • Department;
  • Dept - synonym for Department;
  • Address1;
  • ...
  • Address8;
  • Town;
  • City - synonym for Town;
  • County;
  • Region - synonym for County;
  • Postcode;
  • DeliveryPointSuffix;
  • Dps - synonym for DeliveryPointSuffix;
  • Barcode;
  • Country;
  • ISO3166_2 - two-letter country codes;
  • ISO3166_3 - three-letter country codes;
  • ISO3166_N - three-digit country codes.

Result data

  • AddrScore - The similarity between the input data and closest reference data match as a percentage between 0 and 100. 100% means identical.;
  • PafFlag;
  • PafDesc;
  • ErrorCode;
  • UpdateFlag;
  • ElementStatus;
  • PostcodeUpdate;
  • VerifiedLevel.

PafFlag & PafDesc

PafFlag

PafDesc

Description

1

Verified

The record achieved a premise level match from the addressing engine and reached the address level score threshold. This is a confident match. The address and postcode fields will be updated.

2

Good

The record achieve a postcode level match and all input address elements were matched so the result was upgraded to an address level match. The address and postcode fields will be updated.

3

Partial

The record achieved a postcode level match and reached the postcode level score threshold. The postcode field will be updated.

4

Tentative

No Premise information (Org, Sub-building, Building Number, Building Name) was returned, or the score threshold was not met. The address and postcode fields will not be updated.

5

NoMatch

No match was found.

6

Foreign

The record was identified as foreign.

9

ProcessingFailure

An error has occurred processing the record.

ErrorCode

The ErrorCode field is a 14 character field that indicates the verification status. For example, “V44-I44-P3-100”. This consists of the following single character codes:

ErrorCode part

Width

Description

Verification Status

1

Verification status can have the following values

V: Verified - A complete match was made between the input data and a single record from the available reference data;

A: Ambiguous - More than one close reference data match;

P: Partially Verified - A partial match was made between the input data and a single record from the available reference data;

U: Unverified - Unable to verify. The output fields will contain the input data;

Match Level

2

The level to which the input data matches the available reference data.

55: Delivery Point (PostBox or SubBuilding);

44: Premise (Premise or Building);

33: Thoroughfare;

22: Locality;

11: AdministrativeArea;

00: None.

Separator

1

-

Parsing Status

1

I: Identified and Parsed - All input data has been able to be identified and placed into components;

U: Unable to parse - Not all input data has been able to be identified and parsed.

Parsing Level

2

The level to which the input data has some recognized form, through the use of pattern matching (e.g. a numeric value could be a premise number) and word lookup (e.g. ‘rd’ could be a ThoroughfareType, ‘Road’; ‘London’ could be a Town)

55: Delivery Point (PostBox or SubBuilding);

44: Premise (Premise or Building);

33: Thoroughfare;

22: Locality;

11: AdministrativeArea;

00: None.

Separator

1

-

Postcode Status

2

P8: PostOut and PostIn verified;

P7: PostOut verified, PostIn added or changed;

P6: PostOut verified;

P5: PostOut changed;

P3: PostOut added;

P2: PostOut identified;

P0: PostOut empty.

Separator

1

-

Match score

3

The similarity between the input data and closest reference data match as a percentage between 0 and 100. 100% means identical.

UpdateFlag

The UpdateFlag field indicates whether the record was updated:

 

UpdateFlag

Description

Address

Record address and postcode were updated.

Postcode

Record postcode was updated.

None

Record not updated.

ElementStatus

ElementStatus is a string of nine characters indicating how each part of the PAF address matched. Each position represents a different area of the address as follows:

  1. organisation
  2. pobox
  3. subbuilding
  4. buildingname
  5. buildingnumber
  6. street
  7. locality
  8. town
  9. county

Each character is one of:

Character

Description

_

not populated in PAF address

X

present in PAF address but not matched

C

fuzzy match, or some words matched

V

exact match

PostcodeUpdate

Value

Description

Y

Postcode updated by Royal Mail recoding

N

Postcode not changed by Royal Mail

VerifiedLevel

The level to which the address was verified.

Value

Description

0

Unkown

1

Delivery point

2

Premise

3

Thoroughfare

4

Town

4

Region

PAF address elements

  • PafOrganisation;
  • PafDepartment;
  • PafPoBox;
  • PoBox - synonym for PafPoBox;
  • PafSubbuildingName;
  • SubbuildingName - synonym for PafSubbuildingName;
  • PafBuildingName;
  • BuildingName - synonym for PafBuildingName;
  • PafBuildingNumber;
  • BuildingNumber - synonym for PafBuildingNumber;
  • PafDependentThoroughfare;
  • DependentThoroughfare - synonym for PafDependentThoroughfare;
  • PafThoroughfare;
  • Thoroughfare - synonym for PafThoroughfare;
  • PafDoubleDependentLocality;
  • DoubleDependentLocality - synonym for PafDoubleDependentLocality;
  • PafDependentLocality;
  • DependentLocality - synonym for PafDependentLocality;
  • PafPosttown;
  • PafPostcode;
  • PafDeliveryPoint;
  • PafDps - synonym for PafDeliveryPoint.

Additional PAF fields

  • UDPRN - Unique Delivery Point Number;
  • PostcodeType - 'S' small user, 'L' large user;
  • SUOrganisation - 'Y' small user organisation address, blank otherwise;
  • AddressKey - A combination of the PafAddressKey and PafOrganisationKey (uniquely identifies a delivery point);
  • PafAddressKey - 8 digit address key (padded with a leading 0s);
  • PafOrganisationKey - 8 digit organisation key (padded with a leading 0s);
  • NumHouseholds - if greater than 1, indicates there are flats behind the front door;
  • TraditionalCounty.

ONS Postcode Directory fields

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Geolocation

  • Easting;
  • Northing;
  • Latitude;
  • Longitude;
  • GridQuality.

Administrative areas

  • AdministrativeCounty;
  • ElectoralDivision;
  • ElectoralDivisionCode;
  • LocalAuthority;
  • LocalAuthorityCode;
  • ElectoralWard;
  • ElectoralWardCode;
  • OSCounty;
  • OSCountyCode.

Other geographies/regions

  • Parish;
  • ParishCode;
  • UserType;
  • NHSEnglandRegion;
  • NHSEnglandRegionCode;
  • ONSCountry - one of the four constituent countries of the UK or Crown dependencies (the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man);
  • ONSCountryCode;
  • Constituency;
  • ConstituencyCode;
  • EER - European Electoral Region;
  • EERCode;
  • PCT - Primary Care Trust;
  • PCTCode;
  • GOR - Government Office Region;
  • GORCode;
  • StandardStatisticalRegion;
  • StandardStatisticalRegionCode;
  • CensusAreaWard;
  • CensusAreaWardCode;
  • PFA - Police Force Area;
  • PFACode;
  • NationalPark;
  • NationalParkCode;
  • CensusOutputAreaCode;
  • CensusLowerSuperOutputArea;
  • CensusLowerSuperOutputAreaCode;
  • CensusMiddleSuperOutputAreaCode;
  • CCG - Clinical Commissioning Group;
  • CCGCode;
  • BuiltupArea;
  • BuiltupAreaCode;
  • BuiltupAreaSubdivision;
  • BuiltupAreaSubdivisionCode;
  • RuralUrbanClassification;
  • OutputAreaClassification;
  • OutputAreaSuperGroup;
  • OutputAreaGroup;
  • OutputAreaSubGroup;

Input fields

  • InputUniqueRef;
  • InputCompany;
  • InputOrganization - synonym for InputCompany;
  • InputDepartment;
  • InputAddress1;
  • ...
  • InputAddress9;
  • InputTown;
  • InputCity - synonym for InputTown;
  • InputCounty;
  • InputRegion - synonym for InputCounty;
  • InputPostcode;
  • InputZIP - synonym for InputPostcode;
  • InputPostOut;
  • InputPostIn;
  • InputDeliveryPoint;
  • InputDPS - synonym for InputDeliveryPoint;
  • InputCountry;
  • InputFullName;
  • InputPrefix;
  • InputFirstNames;
  • InputForenames - synonym for InputFirstNames;
  • InputMiddleNames;
  • InputInitials;
  • InputLastName;
  • InputSurname - synonym for InputLastName;
  • InputSuffix;
  • InputPhone;
  • InputMobile;
  • InputEmail;
  • InputDateOfBirth;
  • InputDOB - synonym for InputDateOfBirth;
  • InputWebsite;
  • InputFax;
  • InputJobTitle.
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