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About the conference

Download our brochure 'GeoPlace annual conference 2020 - Bringing location to life'.

Once a year, we invite delegates to hear from key speakers – influencers and key experts in the use of address, street and geographic information – and to network and learn from each other: always in great company, always in a great location.

This year, the GeoPlace annual conference is taking place at Old Trafford. We'll be in Manchester, celebrating the vital work being done by Address and Street Custodians, Street Naming and Numbering Officers, Traffic Managers and Streetworks Managers right across Great Britain.

Our speakers use the data you produce to make a tangible difference in their work. They'll demonstrate how your local authority address and street data is used to:

  • Bring down the cost of running local government

  • Improve the quality of life for millions of people

  • Make our cities, villages, and towns ‘smarter'

  • Understand health and social issues at a household level

  • Enable blue light services to work more effectively

  • Map and monitor land use, ownership, and transactions

  • Identify vulnerable people and provide the support they need 


Attendees at last year's conference said:

  • "The speakers were all very informative, an excellent day – as a Custodian, I feel proud knowing that our work is so important!"

  • "It is extremely helpful to see our work in a national context, explained by someone who clearly understands the importance of LSG/LLPG data"

  • "Local authority case studies were really helpful in supporting the promotion of business transformation and development"

  • "It made me feel valued as a result of the day to day work I do – we can see the benefits of the process after the work had been done."

Additionally, attendees will hear:

  • An insight to our plans for the coming year

  • More details about the Geospatial Commission's strategy and data improvement projects

  • The collaboration we're undertaking with Royal Mail to achieve consistent working practices and shared standards

  • How we're using AI to monitor road conditions and increase public safety.

View the full agenda here.

Bringing location to life!

All day, we'll be making great use of the media wall at the venue, bursting into life with data visualisations from GeoPlace and exhibitors. We hope you'll take part!


Football Crazy

We're making the most of our location at Old Trafford. Last month we crowdsourced names to create the ‘Premier League of Street Names', mapping footballers past and present. Here are a few of the submissions we received





Sign up for a tour of the stadium when you register!





Who do you know, who'd love to know more about bringing location to life?

The data you're helping us to manage gets used by a huge range of people. In turn, we also welcome delegates who are interested in working alongside you – or in getting to know more about the work done by Address and Street Custodians, Street Naming and Numbering Officers, Traffic and Streetworks managers, and GIS officers.

Our conference this year puts the spotlight firmly on housing and planning policy. If you'd like to invite colleagues from those departments – they'd be more than welcome. It's a good way to boost your own profile, and to introduce some of the finer points of address and street data management to your teams.

From experience, we know that other colleagues – such as Customer Service Managers, Business Intelligence and Analytics Officers, Policy and Research Officers and Chief Information Officers – are likely to enjoy the day's agenda too.

Email [email protected] if you'd like us to send out an invitation on your behalf. We'd be happy to extend a warm welcome to your colleagues.


Why you should come along

This is your conference. We're discussing the issues that matter to you.

We want to give you the tools to help you make the case for resourcing your role, and to highlight why addressing and street information is key to an authority's business. If you're making the case internally, to join us in Manchester, then these key points may help you:

  • we feature speakers who use your data to serve the public – it's an event that builds on your work, and helps you to deliver more value to your organisation

  • it's about promoting and introducing you to best practice, via knowledge transfer, with practical sessions providing support and training

  • you'll hear new ideas and have the opportunity to explore new ways of working – already tried and tested – which you can take back to your authority

  • it's a national forum, giving you access to colleagues from across the whole of the UK, as well as other authorities working on the gazetteers and JAG (UK)

  • we reveal developments in local street and address datasets and how they are being used nationally

  • you'll see if you've won an Exemplar Award for 2020 for Data Quality and Improvement

  • our suppliers will be on hand to help you pick up information about software and services that could deliver value to your organisation

  • you'll get to meet our Regional Chairs from across England and Wales, as well as hear from the Principal Chairs (Chairs of the Regional Groups)

  • and the GeoPlace team is on hand, ready to talk through any specific data issues you may have through the GeoPlace Helpdesk

  • you'll collect CPD points – the AGI and Royal Geographical Society have both accredited the conference with 4 and 5 CPD points respectively.


Can we help you make the business case to attend?

Our annual conference is free of charge for delegates (and travel costs can be kept down by booking advance), but it can still be hard to make the case for attending the event. We're here to help. We're more than happy to contact your line manager directly, explaining the importance of the event for your role. If you'd like us to do this, please email [email protected].

Download the ‘Letter of justification to attend the conference' from here.


Register for the event here