GeoPlace wins Best Project Delivery at UK Public Sector Digital Awards

Richard Mason receives award for Best Project Delivery at UKPSDAGeoPlace is honoured to be one of two winners of the Best Project Delivery category at the 2011 UK Public Sector Digital Awards for the development and delivery of the National Address Gazetteer Database. GeoPlace was presented the award alongside Surrey County Council for their separate e-safeguarding project.

The award was presented by Joe Harley, CBE, CIO, for the UK Government and CIO and Director General for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The prestigious awards ceremony - the primary technology awards event for the public sector - celebrates excellence in ICT enabled service delivery across all sectors of government. There were eleven categories in total covering current IT innovation and best practice technology implementation at all levels of government.

GeoPlace is a public sector limited liability partnership between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey. Combining data from local authorities, Ordnance Survey, the Valuation Office and Royal Mail, the aim of the National Address Gazetteer Database is to provide one definitive source of publicly owned spatial address data.

Gary Flood, editor of PublicTechnology.net and one of the judges said of the GeoPlace entry "The judges were impressed by the sheer size of the challenge faced, which involved synchronising more than 150million records from 5 primary data feeds." Richard Mason, Managing Director at GeoPlace said "Production of this database clearly demonstrates the capability of local government and Ordnance Survey collaborating together through the joint venture - GeoPlace. There are few other public sector infrastructure projects in existence on this scale, able to deliver regular updates of information from local authorities to end users. The development of the project to include the richness of local knowledge from local government and the additional intelligence from our central government partners results in a product which is of national importance."

Keith Bannister, Head of Public Sector Technology Consulting at awards sponsor KPMG, said: "The quality of the winning nominations, in addition to an over 50% rise is total number of submissions, shows the sheer scale of innovation and talent across our public services".

Addressing the audience at the awards ceremony at London's Guildhall, the Right Honourable Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister said: "The UK Public Sector Digital Awards showcase the talent and innovation that - quite frankly - don't always get the attention they deserve: talent and innovation that revolutionise the way we deliver services, giving the UK's public sector a world class online presence and helping millions of people."

For further details on the Public Sector Technology Awards and a full list of winners, visit: www.publictechnology.net or www.ukpublicsectordigitalawards.co.uk


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GeoPlace contact:
Gayle Gander
Head of Marketing
GeoPlace
Gayle.gander@geoplace.co.uk
T 020 7747 3500
www.geoplace.co.uk


Notes to editors

GeoPlace
GeoPlace is a public sector limited liability partnership between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey. GeoPlace's role is to create and maintain the National Address Gazetteer Database and the National Street Gazetteer for England and Wales, providing definitive sources of publicly-owned spatial address and street data. Through agreement with Scotlandís Improvement Service Company, the plan is to extend the coverage to Scotland.

The Local Government Association (LGA)
The LGA is here to support, promote and improve local government.

Local government is facing the most radical changes, as well as the most significant opportunities, in a decade.

We will fight local government's corner and support councils through challenging times by focusing on our top two priorities:

  • representing and advocating for local government and making the case for greater devolution
  • helping councils tackle their challenges and take advantage of new opportunities to deliver better value for money services.

We aim to set the political agenda and speak in the national media on the issues that matter to council members.

The LGA covers every part of England and Wales, and works with the individual political parties through the political group offices. Visit www.local.gov.uk

Ordnance Survey
Ordnance Survey is Great Britainís national mapping agency, providing the most accurate and up-to-date geographic data, relied on by government, business and individuals. Ordnance Survey utilises the National Address Gazetteer Database in the creation of the AddressBase range of products available for use in both the public and commercial sectors. Visit www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk

Mon, 23 Jan 2012