Central Reference Address Database (CRAB = Centraal Referentieadressenbestand)

The acronym ‘CRAB’ stands for ‘Centraal Referentieadressenbestand’ (Central Reference Address Database). This database contains street names, house numbers and information about the geographical positioning of addresses, the so-called address positioning. What is the CRAB

Applications – using CRAB

  • Window for Authentic Registration The Window for Authentic Registration (Lara = Loket voor Authentieke Registratie) is a free web application developed by the FGIA.
  • CRAB Match The CRAB Match module in Lara allows you to
    1.... validate
    2.... identify
    3.... enrich
    4.... geo encode
    your own dataset with addresses in one single gesture. CRAB Match is available for everyone with reading rights in the CRAB.

Downloading the CRAB

  • CRAB address positioning The database contains the house numbers in Flanders and their position.
  • CRAB address list User-friendly list with Flemish addresses up to house number and sub address level.
  • CRAB street list This database contains the street names in Belgium. The street names were accorded a sequence number, the so-called CRAB street code. The geographical positioning of the street names is not integrated in the database.
  • xGRAB This database is an extract from the CRAB according to the xGRAB exchange standard. It contains all CRAB-entities relevant for decentralised working managers of the CRAB.

Using CRAB services – Consulting services

  • WMS addresses All consulting services according to INSPIRE-themes are presented in a public environment (meaning not protected) and free; obviously, they should be used with respect for the current data use conditions.
  • CRAB Tools
  • Geolocation

Using CRAB services – Management services

  • CRAB WS-T Management service of the first generation
  • CRAB Read Management service of the second generation
  • CRAB OGC Management service of the second generation
  • CRAB Edit Management service of the second generation