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June 2017

1)The future of public services depends on this – connecting data for better outcomes

Speaking at GeoPlace's annual conference on Thursday 11th May 2017, Eddie Copeland, Director of Government Innovation at NESTA hailed the potential of connected data to provide more targeted and effective services.

Presenting to over 340 address, street and geographic information experts from councils, Copeland said address and street data were absolutely central to the future of local government, to local public services and to the communities where we live and work.  Local government has a problem of fragmentation – the jigsaw problem where every team, every organisation has got their little piece of the data puzzle but no one can put all those pieces together, take a step back and see what the big picture shows.

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A full transcript of Eddie's presentation and audio recording are available at

2)TfN names connectivity corridors to transform North's economy

Transport for the North (TfN) has set out how it will develop both a major road network for the region and an integrated rail plan that includes Northern Powerhouse Rail.

The sub-regional transport body has today (Monday 19 June) published the evidence that will inform its Strategic Transport Plan, which is due in the autumn.

It said the plan could help create nearly a million new jobs and add almost £100bn to the UK's economy.

Outgoing chief executive David Brown said: ‘TfN has a clear mission to transform the North's economy by intelligently developing our transport infrastructure.

‘The publication of this evidence is a pre-cursor to our multi-modal Strategic Transport Plan, which will be published for consultation later this year. The work presents a compelling case for change, underlining the economic and strategic benefits of improving freight and passenger transport across the whole of the North to drive economic growth. ‘

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3)Data system 'refresh' needed by 2019, warn council IT heads

Around three quarters of councils believe their systems for storing and analysing data will be ‘unfit for purpose' within two years, according to a new poll.

Phoenix Software also found one in four council IT heads in the survey thought their organisations were unprepared for new regulations on data privacy.

Almost nine in ten thought their organisations should do more to support remote access to their applications.

Keith Martin, director of public sector at Phoenix Software, said: ‘Transforming IT is one of the most complex challenges the public sector faces and managing data is one of the toughest elements of that challenge.

'Local authorities are sometimes faced with sprawling, siloed environments that can't communicate, integrate or interact.

‘But the good news is that there is an understanding that change is required and this change will be key as authorities look to use technology to meet the needs of their citizens.'

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4)Want to share data between organisations? Start by looking closer to home

A recent from blog from Hilary Simpson at NESTA on how councils can get a better view of the residents they exist to serve and respond more quickly to opportunities to link up their data with other organisations to work collaboratively. 

At Camden Council, and now at Nesta, lots of people have asked me to explain why Camden created its consolidated residents index - a system that can join together records about individuals from the council's numerous different IT systems - and what the outcome was.

Many think that the information sharing blockages are too great for them to create their own versions. Yet a number of local authorities have forged ahead, and there are compelling reasons for others to follow suit. Here's why.

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5)The importance of a unified addressing system

If you missed the webinar hosted by Ordnance Survey that featured Simon Barlow, Executive Director of Consultancy you can catch the recording and see Simon's slides here - 

The webinar covered the aspects of what makes for a good addressing system, the benefits it can bring and some of the issues to consider in implementing one.  Simon also picked up on some of the different types of systems that are being used.

6)Regional Meetings

4th July – Wales Address – Llandrindod Wells

6th July – South East Address - London

11th July – Yorkshire & Humber Address – Wakefield

12th July – North West Address – Lancaster