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About the conference

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

The GeoPlace annual conference is an opportunity for around 400 address, street and geographic information experts from across the UK to come together to network; share information; and listen to a wide range of speakers who ‘bring location to life' in their day-to-day work using address and street data.

The conference is free of charge for PSMA members and strictly limited to the target audience and exhibiting companies.

The conference is a celebration of the work that councils do on a day-to-day basis. Speakers will demonstrate how they use local authority address and street data to:

  • save lives in the fire and police services

  • protect citizens and prevent fraud

  • enable Streetworks notifications

  • support utility works

  • understand the location and proximity of local services to citizens

  • analyse how effectively government policy is implemented

  • collect Census data

  • support council services in refuse and recycling, resolve day-to-day issues that affect citizens, provide tailored services to citizens, improve the services that people get from their council

  • underpin the public rights of right network.

The theme of the conference is ‘Bringing Location to Life', and this will be evident throughout the day; through the speakers' presentations, the solutions that suppliers promote on their stands, the visualisations created by GeoPlace and councils on the displayed media walls in the exhibition.

Bringing location to life!

Making full use of the media walls at the venue, throughout the day the walls with bust into geo life with data visualisations from GeoPlace, the exhibitors and from council submitting entries to our data visualisation competition.

Why you should come along

This is your conference. Its purpose is to discuss the issues that matter to you. The event aims to provide you with the tools to help you make the case for resourcing your role and understand why addressing and street information is so fundamental to an authority's business.

  • the event focuses on facilitating knowledge transfer, promoting best practice and includes a number of practical sessions providing support and training

  • the conference features a wide range of speakers from central government such as the Department for Transport, HMRC, Welsh Government, the National Audit Office.  There are also speakers from local government including Devon County Council and Camden Council as well as the emergency services

  • the conference provides a national forum for colleagues to come together from across the whole of the UK

  • meet and network with colleagues from other authorities working on the gazetteers and from the JAG (UK)

  • gain new ideas; explore new ways of working to take back to your authority

  • hear first-hand about developments in local street and address datasets and how they are being used nationally

  • listen and participate in round table discussion groups on topics relevant to all those who work with the gazetteers

  • see whether you have won an Exemplar Award for 2019 for Data Quality and Improvement

  • look around the software and services offered by the suppliers at the exhibition

  • meet the Regional Chairs from across England and Wales, as well as hear from the Principal Chairs (Chairs of the Regional Groups)

  • many members of the GeoPlace team will be at the event, ready to meet you and answer your questions and discuss any data issues you may have on a one-to-one basis with the GeoPlace Helpdesk

  • go back to your authority with a clear idea on the targets for improvement

  • 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?

We realise that it can be difficult to make the business case to attend the event.  If it would be helpful, we would be happy to write directly to your line manager explaining the importance of the event for your role.  If you would like us to do this, please email [email protected].

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

Involving other colleagues at your authority

Whilst the conference is targeted at local street and address experts, anyone else from your authority that you think would benefit from the day would be welcome. If helpful we would be happy to send invitation directly to any of your colleagues.

Colleagues such as Customer Service Managers, Business Intelligence and Analytics Officers, Policy and Research Officers and Chief Information Officers will find the day of interest. This is also a great opportunity for you to introduce them to the importance of location data and it power in bringing different datasets together.

If you would like us to send an invitation to the day to one of your colleagues, just email [email protected] with your request.


  • the event is free of charge to attend thanks to the sponsorship of the exhibitors

  • travel could be cheaper than you think if you book in advance.

Register for the event here

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

GeoPlace is a public sector limited liability partnership between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey.