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Everything Happens Somewhere 2018

Thursday 10th May

GeoPlace annual conference, exhibition and Awards

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

The leading event for local government address, street information and geographic information experts in Great Britain will take place in the heart of England, Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham, home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club since 1882.

The theme of the conference is ‘Linking people to places' – and why the UPRN/USRN is important to people who want to understand populations.  Linking data to places adds value and gives better insight into an area and its citizens and allocates the provision of more targeted services. Councils across Great Britain rely on information from hundreds of different sources. Adding the UPRN or USRN to datasets such as social care, school admissions, council tax collection, waste management, electoral registration or planning applications can help make deeper sense of data once it's linked together. 

This thinking and practical use of the data will be demonstrated at the conference by speakers from local and central government and the health sector.


Please note that the agenda and timings are subject to change, however, the conference will start at 10am and finish no later than 16.15.

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  Plenary room Streets SNN

Registration, refreshments & exhibition

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Welcome from Nick ChapallazManaging Director, GeoPlace 


Unlocking the value of geographic data 
The Geospatial Commission was set up following the Chancellor's Autumn Budget in 2017.  William will discuss the Commission's way of working and  its remit to ensure location information is seen as an integral part of the UK's national infrastructure
William Priest, Director of the Geospatial Commission

Improving streetworks coordination & why data is so important 
Sally will provide an update on the Street Manager project and why good quality and consistent data is fundamental to improving the street works processes
Sally Kendall, Head of Street Works Policy and Regulation, Traffic & Technology Division, Department for Transport

Connected Nations – State of the UK infrastructure; superfast broadband and universal service
Andrew Button, Data Analysis, Manager, Ofcom



Working with software suppliers to make life easier, introduction to exhibitors
Luke Studden, Supplier Liaison Manager, GeoPlace

11.20 Refreshments and exhibition    

The UPRN; linking health and care providers 
Dr Abraham P. George, Consultant in Public Health, Kent Integrated Database, Kent County Council

Addressing at the heart of a council's business
Ian Lynch, LLPG Systems, Support Officer,
Wolverhampton City Council 

Detecting and recovering fraud and error in business rates
As councils struggle under increasing financial strain and rationalisation, one source of cashable saving is detecting and recovering fraud and error in business rates.  CIPFA has been trialling
various methods to detect business rate fraud with results three times as high as industry benchmarks.  Given the planned policy changes of dropping the proportion of recovery that gets returned to the centre, this could be a significant opportunity to generate new found income
Peter Wilson, Director, Counter Fraud, CIPFA



Using local highway authority data to inform decisions
Chris McKee, Statistician, Department
for Transport

The spatial capture of TROs and how address and street data from local authorities can help with the delivery of a European wide intelligent transport system
Fay Simcock, Representative  of Transport Network ITS Spatial Data Deployment Platform (TN-ITS) and Manager at TomTom Maps

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SNN best practice deliverables

Q&A with Alex Lawrence, Solicitor, Specialist in local government law, Anthony Collins Solicitors

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Roundtable discussion session


  SNN session continues
13.00 Lunch    

Roundtable discussion session



Using your addresses for census 2021 and beyond
As discussed at last year's conference, ONS is planning to use AddressBase Premium for the 2021 Census.  As a result, the LLPGs will be the direct source of the address list - putting a good deal of trust in your local classifications. This presentation will provide an update on progress and current thinking about ONS's approach, as well as explaining the critical importance of the Census for planning services and for local government funding. 

ONS is already working closely with GeoPlace and the LGA to explore how AddressBase Premium might best be used, and to ensure there is as much benefit as possible for both national and local addressing from the exercise.  But over the coming months, ONS will be talking directly and regularly with custodians. Now very much in listening mode, ONS  hope the conference will provide an opportunity for you to tell them how they can make this work for you
Mike James & Alistair Calder, Data Architecture, Office for National Statistics, Juliet Whitworth, Research and Information Manager, Local Government Association 

Why I (still) hate addresses
Jon Franklin, Head of Data & Information Strategy, Strategy Group, Valuation Office Agency

There are a lot of claims about 'address matching' and 'address cleansing' from organisations that assert they can save operational parts of government money or improve data quality. However, increasingly it seems that these claims are based on a flawed understanding of what addresses actually represent and that this undermines their credibility. This presentation will start from the basics of providing a definition for what an "address" means in general and explain why the way that is applied to property datasets around government causes fundamental difficulties for address matching initiatives. I conclude by providing an example of how property data can be organised in practice that might help manage these challenges and explore what this could mean for the VOA in practice.


Quality data, informed decisions
Janet Chapman, Technical Manager,  Street Works Policy, Thames Water
Samantha Brothwell, Street Works
Policy Manager, Western Power 

Becky Fuller, Network Occupancy 
Policy Manager – ‘here to help you keep people moving', Roadworks and Occupancy Requirements, Part of  Customer and Operational Requirements, SES, Highways England

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15.15 Refreshments and exhibition    
15.35 Working as a community
Glenn Dobson, Principal Chair Regional Streets Group
and Cathy Coelho, Principal Chair Regional Address Group
15.45 Presentation of the Exemplar Awards
Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council
16.00 Close of conference, winners' photos drinks overlooking the cricket pitch