Supporting the DCA community
We offer support services to Participating Data Co-operation Agreement (DCA) Authorities that are responsible for the creation of Address and Streets data. This covers public sector bodies:
District or Unitary authorities.
GeoPlace services offered through the DCA
The following page provides an overview of the core services we offer to support the creation and maintenance of address and street data: www.geoplace.co.uk/helpdesk/supporting-the-dca/geoplace-services
If you would like further details, please contact [email protected].
About the DCA
The Data Co-operation Agreement is issued by GeoPlace® LLP to all district, county and Unitary councils in England and Wales. It provides a legally binding agreement between the parties to support the creation and maintenance of GeoPlace databases (particularly related to address and street information for England and Wales and address information for Scotland through separate agreements).
The Agreement underpins a recognition by government of the substantial social and economic benefits that core reference geography brings and forms part of the framework put in place by Government to enable access by the whole of the public sector to definitive spatial information through the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA). The Agreement also recognises the role of councils in the creation and source of particular spatial information.
With an Effective Date of 1st April 2012, the DCA replaces similar arrangements between all councils and the Local Government Information House (LGIH - a subsidiary of the LGA) which were in place from 2005 (the Mapping Services Agreement (MSA)) and expired on the 31st March 2012.
About the PSMA
The PSMA is a partnership between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Ordnance Survey. It is centrally funded for any public sector body that is eligible to access and use of a selection of high quality digital map products.
The PSMA spans almost all public sector organisations and will run for ten years, it started on April 1st, 2011 and has already attracted over 2,800 organisations to take advantage of being a member.
The PSMA provides access to core geographic datasets from Ordnance Survey including the AddressBase® range of products.
For more information about the PSMA, including membership, access to products and support, see:
Resources for Authority Address Custodians
Authority Address Custodians have access to a number of technical resources associated with compiling Authority Addressing Datasets. These and other documents are also available in the library.
Data Transfer Format 7.3 Version 3.1 Fourth Edition for Addresses, September 2016
Data Co-operation Agreement; Service Number 102: LLPG full res-synchronisation to the NLPG
Use and publication of address data by DCA participating authorities
Additional resources for Authority Address Custodians can be found in the library.
Resources for Authority Street Custodians
Authority Street Custodians have access to a number of technical resources associated with compiling Authority Streets Datasets. These and other documents are also available in the library.
Data Entry Conventions and Best Practice for the National Street Gazetteer; DEC-NSG, Version 3.6, March 2014
Data Transfer Format 8.1 for the National Street Gazetteer, DTF8.1, Version 2.10 June 2016
DTF8.1 Compliance Check Specification, Version 5, June 2016
DTF8.1 Health Check Specification, Version 2.2, June 2016
Use of the NSG:
Street Works Register - Data Capture Codes
Terms and Conditions for Access to NSG Data
The use of the NSG and Ordnance Survey Data
Additional resources for Authority Street Custodians can be found in the library.
DCA governance resources
Information on GeoPlace governance can be found in our Annual Statement. Resources on DCA governance can be seen below:
Minutes from the Regional Chairs Groups are available to all DCA authorities on the GeoPlace Group on the Knowledge Hub.
Data Co-operation Agreement letter from Richard Mason, GeoPlace Managing Director
INSPIRE compliant view service for addresses
On behalf of local authorities and GeoPlace, Ordnance Survey has released an INSPIRE compliant view service for addresses derived from AddressBase.
The INSPIRE Address View serves points derived from AddressBase Premium that are representative of the central locations of addresses within Great Britain. Address view points are rendered according to the portrayal rules as defined by the INSPIRE Data Specification on Addresses.
The INSPIRE Address View is free for personal, non-commercial use only. To access the service go to https://developer.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/inspire-address-view where you can also:
Register to start a Free plan.
View the Data Specification Guidelines
See the terms of Service - Schedule 4