The University of Southern California, Deparment of Degree Progress.For the need of code that allows the identification of postsecondary schools during the EDI data exchange, is how GEOCODE was born. USC partnered with national and international nonprofit workgroups to create a unified code set for all postsecondary schools on planet Earth. This code set, defined as GEOCODE, is a KEY building block to the EDI and XML electronic data exchange. The function of this project is to take the current output ofthe GEOCODE data set, and build a data reader that allows dynamic reporting and viewing of this data.
The GEOcode project was born out of a need to globally exchange postsecondary transcript data through standardized Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) transactions. While most countries have native indices used for domestic EDI data exchange, no ‘master index’ for every postsecondary school on our planet existed prior to GEOcode. USC processes more than 16,000 EDI transactions a year, 3,700 of which include prior degree information indexed by GEOcode for those students who earned degrees outside of the United States.