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How are AddressBase® Products used by Central Government and the private sector?

The AddressBase products are the most complete, accurate, current and content rich source of official geographic address data for Great Britain. The products enable organisations to maximise the value of their data assets through inclusion of precise geographic locations and a Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) that resides perpetually for the lifecycle of every address.

For Government organisations the UPRN is an underpinning linking mechanism that removes error in data exchange and communication, supports citizen service improvement and delivers efficiency gains in operational processes.

For commercial organisations AddressBase provides the link between postal addresses and the UPRN as a means to locate and uniquely reference customers and assets to enable business growth, gain competitive advantage and reduce operational costs.

Case studies can be found on the Ordnance Survey case study locator: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-and-government/case-studies


We manage the National Address Gazetteer infrastructure which is the data storage and set of processes bringing together the existing local authority sourced addressing datasets together with Ordnance Survey, Valuation Office Agency and Royal Mail data. Through agreement between Ordnance Survey and Scotland's Improvement Service, working on behalf of Scottish Local Government, the National Address Gazetteer includes Scottish address data.

GeoPlace is the central source for UK addresses and streets. We work contractually with all 348 councils in England and Wales which have statutory responsibility for approving and creating addresses.  We manage a central hub of 42 million addresses and 1.39 million streets, taking feeds from councils, central government, Royal Mail and the Scottish, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Island governments of address and street data.

Through a stringent data quality process, we synchronise and match data against 94.61 million records from several authoritative government property and address databases. Through a validation and assurance process we run 359 checks on each record before being accepted into the database. Data is enriched and transformed by adding the best attributes from source datasets to enhance overall quality of the product.  Around 2 million records are updated monthly.

Working through a governance structure, we agree, monitor and support an annual data improvement process with councils which set levels of data quality, completeness and accuracy.
The result is a single, unified source for all addressing and street data used for streetworks, as mandated by the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and distributed by Ordnance Survey through the AddressBase range of products.

 

 

From NAG to AddressBase

The National Address Gazetteer infrastructure is the single source from which AddressBase products are developed and made available by Ordnance Survey. 

AddressBase® Premium, available from Ordnance Survey, is the most comprehensive and accurate geographic dataset of 40 million addresses, properties and land areas where services are provided. 

Thanks to the relationship with local authorities, users of AddressBase benefit from the most in-depth view of addresses throughout the property lifecycle – from planning permission, through construction, occupation and change of use to demolition and beyond.