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'Everything Happens Somewhere' Conference and Exhibition 2015

Address and street data supporting digital transformation

Edgbaston Stadium, The County Ground, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7QU
UPRN 100071570274, USRN 41002936, TOID 1000002202489440

GeoPlace celebrated its 10th annual conference, exhibition and awards in the heart of England, Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham, home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club since 1882.

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About the event

This event is aimed at supporting Authority Address and Street Custodians, Street Naming and Numbering Officers, team colleagues, GIS officers and anyone else in your authority that would benefit from greater insight in how local government geographic data is being used.

The conference focusses on facilitating knowledge transfer, promoting best practice and includes a number of practical sessions providing support and training.

The key theme at the conference was how local government address and street information can support digital transformation.

The keynote presentations built upon the recent announcement of the release of UPRNs on a royalty free and open basis to highlight how geographic locaters can enable data sharing as well as local government's central role in delivering the next generation of road mapping for England and Wales.

A key theme at the conference was how public sector technology and data is enabling digital transformation, focussing on using existing council resources and drawing on good practice.


Conference agenda 2015

Tuesday 19 May

9.00 Registration, coffee and bacon/egg rolls

10.00 Welcome
          Richard Mason, Managing Director, GeoPlace (audio and slides)

10.15 Delivering the next generation of road mapping for England and Wales
          - Department for Transport

          Paul Baden, GIS Manager, Road Length Statistics and Network Geography, Department for Transport
          (audio and slides)

10.30 Local authority data-sharing & digital transformation
          Cllr Jason Kitcat, Leader Brighton and Hove City Council (audio and transcript)

          Questions to Paul Baden and Jason Kitcat (audio)

10.45 Knowledge Exchange sessions (See Roundtable Topics 2015 at the bottom of the page for details of the
          different sessions)

          10.50- 11.05 Roundtable 1

          11.10 – 11.25 Roundtable 2

11.30 Coffee and exhibition

          12.00 – 12.15 Roundtable 3

          12.20 – 12.35 Roundtable 4


See a summary of what was discussed at the roundtables here:


12.35 Presentation of the Exemplar Awards (audio)

13.00 Lunch and exhibition

14:00 Looking forward with Cathy Coelho, Principal Chair Regional Address Group (audio and slides)

and Glenn Dobson, Principal Chair Regional Streets Group (audio and slides)


Stream A: Using gazetteers to make a difference


14:15 From local to national – Why what you do matters

Stuart Logan, Replace & Extend Tower Lead, Business Change Delivery, National Grid (audio and slides)


14:40 How Custodians can facilitate service improvement
Steve Campbell, Product Manager (Location), Ordnance Survey (audio and slides)


Stream B: Streets infrastructure sponsored by JAG(UK)


14:15 JAG(UK) "State of the Nation" 2 years at GeoPlace
Roger Culpin, JAG(UK) National Chair
Jerry McConkey, HAUC(UK) Co-Chair (audio and slides)

Directors of JAG(UK) will be exploring their relationship with GeoPlace over the last two years and assessing how working together has benefitted both organisations. They will discuss how the relationship has developed, what achievements have been made, and what priorities can be explored in the future'

Partnership approach toward Associated street data
David Capon, JAG(UK) Manager and Richard Groombridge, NSG Coordinator, GeoPlace (audio and slides)

14:40 The New Street Dataset – underpinning all street data across the UK
Baz Lokat, Streets Development Manager, GeoPlace (audio)

The bigger picture, Streets in the UK
Simon Bailey, NSG Custodian, GeoPlace (audio and slides)


14:55 Coffee and exhibition

15:20 Ask the community - how can we help? (audio and questions from the audience)
          Glenn Dobson, Principal Chair Regional Streets Group
          Cathy Coelho, Principal Chair Regional Address Group
          Steve Brandwood, Head of Engagement, GeoPlace,
          Jerry McConkey, Chair HAUC(UK)
          Simon Bailey, NSG Custodian,
          Neil Silley, Senior National Address Data Manager

15:45 Presentation of Data Quality and Improvement Awards (slides)

View a map of the Gold Achievement and Gold Performance Awards for Addresses and for Streets.

16:00 Close, refreshments and cricket - Warwickshire V Durham, day 3 of 4 day LVCC



Music Quiz

Congratulations to Ashley Crow from North East Derbyshire District Council on winning the music quiz prize draw!

Check out the answers here to see how you did