The reason I want to consume this service is to verify that if I have a business from one source and I want to intelligently/programmatically match that same business from another source, one of the steps in that validation/verification is to compare addresses.
Half way through looking at this, I think "There's no API to do this. I could make a Python service to do this as an open source project." Any time I get in that mode, I usually find someone has attempted it or has a very successful version of it already running.
Q1) Does anyone know of a package/service that already exists like this -- as a free API?
Q2) If the answer to Q1 is no, then I want to create an open source project/free service that is consumable by anyone. I am looking for the original data from the USPS. Does anyone know where I can find it.
I've found other resources, such as these:
This is the US Government certification for evaluation of such software:
Re: CASS certified Postal Mail Verification free RESTful API?
At work we pay a subscription for this. They send a DVD of updated
information every quarter or so and a toolkit for querying names and
addresses against it, but we're not allowed to just look at the raw
Pitney Bowes offers a service that can do this, but not for free.
Databases of cleaned/standardized names and addresses are pretty