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Linking data together

The UPRN allows organisations to more effectively collate and share information based on a common reference, even if there are issues with other reference text associated with a record. Many technologies can be used to link and share data, including spreadsheets, databases, XML/GML schema and linked data – all of which can be underpinned by use of the UPRN for spatial address information in Great Britain by following a few key principles.

Using the UPRN means that organisations can continue to hold their address information in their existing formats but, by adding a single field containing the UPRN, it becomes possible to link matching records in different databases together.

The UPRN –your golden thread