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New CoreData Database provides a standard set of country names, abbreviations, and codes

April 8, 2022

Prior to 2021, the UW lacked a uniform list of countries from which to perform reporting and data analysis. This caused difficulty in providing consistent data and information across the enterprise and led to calls for a universal standard. In response to this need, the UW’s Data Governance Operational Committee published the UW Country Code Standard.

In partnership with the UW’s Data Governance (DG) Operational Committee and Office of Global Affairs, the Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) has introduced the CoreData Database to help departments across the University adhere to this standard set of country names, abbreviations, and codes. 

Who should use the CoreData Database?

The CoreData Database can be used by anybody who has access to the Enterprise Data Warehouse and would like to look up the most recent country names, abbreviations or codes.

About the data

The CoreData Database has adopted the Geopolitical Entities, Names, and Codes Standard (GENC) for country names, abbreviations, and codes standard. Country names in the CoreData Database reflect unaltered GENC country names used and maintained by the U.S. government (National System for Geospatial-Intelligence “NSG” Standards Registry). The GENC Standard is the U.S. government profile for representation of names of countries and their subdivisions/territories. It specifies an authoritative set of country names, abbreviations, and codes for use by the Federal Government. The Standard complies with U.S. law and U.S. government recognition policy. 

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