AFDC Data Import Problems (Canada)

The only good thing about AFDC data import is that it is better than nothing. So if there are no active editors around, the map will still get updated with very low quality AFDC data. It seems that AFDC bureaucrats live in a parallel universe where all DCFC charging stations are rated at 50 kW. They obviously use the outdated definition of DCFC. Here is one example, but I could quote many more:

OCM-283674 - AFDC (CCS1, 50 kW, x6)
OCM-296794 - the real location (CCS1, 350 kW, x6, over 100 metres away),-104.55221,154.47h,5p,1z,PLYJfURhI-6M8nUFqtaUTQ

In this case I deliberately created a duplicate location to clearly demonstrate the problem and also because, from my experience, editing those AFDC locations is a risky proposition as the edits are often overwritten with the old data during subsequent AFDC import. So creating a new, duplicate location and then deleting the one from AFDC is a safer approach, except that the deleted AFDC location might later reappear. The most effective workaround to deal with those AFDC locations is to change their operational status to “Planned For Future Date”.

How often is AFDC data imported? Those imports can create a real mess in the database of 50 kW charging stations. The good news here is that 100 kW+ database is not affected at all.

Edits to imports are not overwritten (or they shouldn’t be), a new copy of the original imported data is created and the previous listing is archived. Subsequent imports should see that there is a listing in that location and avoid creating the duplicate. If however the points are spatially far from each other then the item will appear again.

To directly update ADFC data, contact the network who provided the data to ADFC and highlight there error to them

It seems that about 50 metres is enough for this to happen.

It looks like AFDC is getting Canadian data from Natural Resources Canada and both of those organizations are in the process of transitioning their APIs to Open Charge Point Interface protocol (OCPI) , so in the future their data should become much more accurate. In case anyone else has time to have a closer look at all this here is the link to the relevant web page:

On that page set the filter to Canada, click on “About the Data” (bottom right) and the window with lots of useful information will pop-up:

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