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The 2011 Census Address Summit

A pivotal piece of the Geographic Support Systems Initiative (GSS-I) is working with federal, state, local, and tribal governments, as well as other key stakeholders, to create an address list that is suitable for targeted, rather than full, address canvassing before the 2020 Census. The 2011 Address Summit was the first step in this collaborative process.


  1. Educate our partners about the GSS-I and the benefits of conducting a targeted address canvassing.
  2. Gain a common understanding regarding the definition of an address.
  3. Learn how our partners are collecting, utilizing, and maintaining addresses.

    1. What industry standards are partners following?
    2. What are partners’ best practices?
    3. What are partners’ major challenges?
    4. What are partners' current practices for data sharing?
  4. Brainstorm about potential pilot projects that will contribute to the improved quality of the Census Bureau’s Master Address File.

Address Summit Agenda [PDF]

Address Summit Attendees [PDF]

Pilot Proposals

Address Summit Presentations

Each link below opens a PDF.

U.S. Census Bureau's GSS Initiative – Introduction to the Summit

Getting to a Targeted Address Canvassing in Preparation for the 2020 Census

Building and Maintaining the Master Address File (MAF)

Common Definitions and Uses of an Address:

Presentations on Address Collection, Maintenance, and Sharing:

Address List Building Breakout Sessions

Address Collection, Maintenance, and Sharing Breakout Sessions

Each link below opens a PDF.

Address Summit Test Pilot Breakout Sessions

Meeting Notes

Pilot Reports

Pilot programs concluded with final reports. Each link below opens a PDF.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Geography | (301) 763-1128 |  Last Revised: May 28, 2014