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'Everything Happens Somewhere' Conference and Exhibition 2016

2016 theme : A single view of Place

QEII Centre | Broad Sanctuary | Westminster | London SW1P 3EE
UPRN 10033530771, USRN 8400752, TOID OSGB1000002229996714

Pre-conference evening events

With the conference being in London, we took the opportunity to host an evening of innovation at the inspiring and wonderful Geovation Hub, which is based in Clerkenwell. A guided walk through the area also took place, followed by some ‘Welcome to the Conference Drinks' at The Crown Tavern.



GeoPlace conference: agenda and content

Download audio, slides and transcripts from the day below.

See photos from the day here:


GeoPlace Helpdesk 1-2-1 and Data Clinic sessions took place throughout the day in Data Zone

09.00    Registration, exhibition and refreshments

10.00    Welcome from Richard Mason, Managing Director of GeoPlace.  View the slides  and  read the speech

10.20    Keynote presentation from the Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General:

Listen to audio and read the full speech here, or watch the video below:


GeoPlace Annual Conference 28th April 2016 - The Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP from GeoPlace LLP on Vimeo.


10.40    Keynote presentation from Nigel Clifford, Chief Executive Officer, Ordnance Survey: Listen to audio and view the slides 

10.55    Address and street data: a common standard for digital transformation by Steve Brandwood, Head of Engagement, GeoPlace:  Listen to audio and view the slides

11.10    Introduction to the exhibitors: Listen to audio

11.20    Refreshments

11.50    Launch of study on the return on investment in address and street data for local authorities
               Andy Coote, Director, Consulting Where:  Listen to audio and view the slides here

GeoPlace commissioned ConsultingWhere to carry out an in-depth   study to investigate the return on investment in address and street data for local authorities. ConsultingWhere have examined the costs and the benefits of the address and street data local authorities create. The study outlines the benefits afforded to local authorities in an number of areas including; reduced data duplication and integration, improved tax revenues, channel shift and route optimisation in waste management. Using a rigorous financial model, according to Treasury guidelines, the study also projects potential future savings, and identified likely futures areas of opportunity and growth for the sector



Option 1: Roundtable discussions

Option 2: SNN Law clinic


Roundtable discussion groups (details below)   or        

SNN Law clinic with James Richardson, SNN Expert:

Listen to audio

View the slides

Download accompanying notes


Move between tables


Roundtable discussion groups     or     








13.00    Lunch

14.00    Looking forward with:

Cathy Coelho, Principal Chair Regional Address Group (Listen to audio and  view Cathy Coelho's slides

Glenn Dobson, Principal Chair Regional Streets Group (Listen to audio and  view Glenn Dobson's slides)



Option 1: Roundtable discussions

Option 2: Highways Network session


Roundtable discussion groups  (details below)   or   

Collaborative working: the Highways Network with Baz Lokat, Streets Development Manager, GeoPlace, and Mark le Page, Product Manager Networks, Ordnance Survey and  DfT

Listen to audio


Move between tables


Roundtable discussion groups     or   


14.50    Refreshments

15.15    Ask the community, how can we help?
Panel includes Glenn Dobson, Cathy Coelho, Steve Brandwood, Neil Silley, Simon Bailey and representative from JAG(UK): Listen to audio and view the questions that were asked

15.35    Presentation of Exemplar Awards by Juliet Whitworth, Research and Information Manager, Local Government Association: Listen to audio and view write up of Award winners

16.00    Close and post-conference drinks 

Roundtable topics and facilitators


Table Topic Facilitators Time*

Using the Performance Scorecard to drive up highway and utility performance

  1. What would encourage you to submit data if not already, if you do how do you use it?
  2. Are you  aware of the 19 measures ? If you had free reign, what else would you like to see included
  3. Suffolk county council have embedded the performance scorecard to improve internal compliance, how else can we use the scorecard?



Phil Cameron: 

Co-Chair HAUK(UK) 

Performance Working Group

Morning only

DTF 8.1

  1. Sharing best practice in migrating to DTF8.1
  2. How has or will DTF8.1 benefit your data and therefore your authority
  3. How could the specification develop in the future

Richard Groombridge:

National Street Data Manager 

Morning only

Classifying your streets network

  1. How do you identify and record your Authority's Road Classifications?
  2. Are you  displaying your Road Classifications using GIS outside of the Gazetteer Management System?
  3. How do you ensure the gazetteer is updated with any changes and reclassification process is correctly run?

Jonathan Bates:

Deputy National Street Data Manager,


Morning only

Collecting ASD - how and why

  1. How often do you update your ASD and are the new DTF 8.1 codes of value?
  2. How is the data used?
  3. What else could we collect and what could we do to use it better?
Dave Capon: JAG(UK) Manager Morning only

Traffic Regulation Orders

  • How could we help your local authority in the management of the TRO/TMO process?
  • How integrated are your TROs/TMOs with your NSG and the USRN?
  • Are all your TRO/TMO data captured digitally (Imaged or on GIS)?
  • Who uses TRO/TMO data? (internal and External)?


Simon Bailey:

NSG Custodian


Morning only

Improvement Schedules - improving your levels for Street Custodians

  1. How will the changes to the Improvement Schedule affect you? Helping you to understand the recent changes and what you need to do to reach the next level
  2. What can GeoPlace do to help?
  3. Sharing ideas on improving your data


GeoPlace Helpdesk


Improvement Schedules - improving your levels for Address Custodians

  1. How will the changes to the Improvement Schedule affect you? Helping you to understand the recent changes and what you need to do to reach the next level
  2. What can GeoPlace do to help?
  3. Sharing ideas on improving your data


Kerry Pearce:

National Address Data Manager



Using GIS in your authority

  1. Are you currently using GIS software to improve data quality in your authority?
  2. Which software are you using and what is your experience with it?
  3. What spatial data issues do you encounter in your authority?

Iris Rodenbuesch and Darius Bazazi:

Spatial Data Analysts, GeoPlace


The property lifecycle - your internal triggers

  1. How many stages of the full property lifecycle do you capture?
  2. What benefits do you gain from capturing and maintaining the full property lifecycle? Or What prevents you from capturing the full cycle?
  3. What triggers a change in the property lifecycle within your authority?


Neil Silley: Head of Data Management,



From local to national

  • Are you aware of what happens to your data when you send it to the hub?
  • Do you understand how this adds value to users of AddressBase products?
  • Do you understand how to edit your gazetteer so that your data – for example coordinate, classification and postal_address field - are used across Great Britain?

Richard Duffield:

National Address Gazetteer Custodian, GeoPlace


Street Data - the future direction for local authority Street data and the NSG

  1. Complete synchronicity of Street and Address Datasets. Is it required, what are the benefits and how could it be achieved?
  2. The effect the new highways project could conceivably have on the street gazetteer locally and nationally
  3. Polygonising ASD, will you be undertaking this and what could the benefits be?


Keith Curran:

Deputy Principal Chair

Regional Chairs Streets Group


Address Data - future direction for local Authority Address Data

  1. What data is missing that could add value? (Classification, BLPU history, organisation history, building construction date) 
  2. Other datasets to be integrated? (Land Registry Xref) Key data could be uplifted and incorporated within a web service or an additional Address Base product
  3. Ways to improve your data

Ryan Gilchrist:

Deputy Prinicpal Chair

Regional Chairs Address Group


Consultation on the DEC-Addresses v3.4 and DTF7.3 v3.1 Fourth Edition

  1. Is the format of the document appropriate to your use?
  2. Is there any content missing from the document?
  3. How would you improve the document?

Fiona Cross:

Chair of the DEC-Addresses and DTF7.3 sub Working Group


Data linking at a local level

Share your experiences of linking, how to integrate with systems, overcoming common problems

Janice Hayter:

Engagement Manager, GeoPlace

Richard Eaton:

Sandwell Local Land and Property Gazetteer Custodian, Sandwell Council


Dogfooding your gazetteer

  1. Sharing findings from in house  research on the subject
  2. Sharing best practice between participants on how they achieved a good gazetteer

Zoe Britt:

Research and Communications Manager, GeoPlace


Royal Mail Address Management Unit

As an Authority Address Custodian and / or a Street Naming and Numbering Officer what would be the three most important things you require of the Royal Mail Address Management Unit in terms of improving their relationship with you?

Steve Brandwood:

Head of Engagement, GeoPlace


Royal Mail Address Management Unit

As an Authority Address Custodian and / or a Street Naming and Numbering Officer what would be the three most important things you require of the Royal Mail Address Management Unit in terms of improving their relationship with you?

Roy Morgan:

Principal Engagement Manager, GeoPlace

Afternoon only (and part of morning SNN Clinic)

SNN is not a science but an art

  1. Good addressing – is this the driver for all SNN or are we constrained by council politics and developers demands?
  2. In absence of new modern legislation how do we achieve good addressing to meet the needs of today's application location society?
  3. Do we need to reengineer and proactively promote our SNN services and policies?

Dave Heyes:

Address Manager, Wigan



The legal powers available for Street Naming and Numbering Officers in local authorities 

James Richardson:

SNN Expert

Afternoon only (and part of morning SNN Clinic)

Developing a joined up addressing strategy

  1. Making it essential – how do you get addressing strategy on the agenda (and in the budget)?
  2. Making it happen – who do you engage in the development of a strategy and who owns it?
  3. Making it stick – how do you develop a strategy that is sustainable?


Tim Garrod:

Principal Consultant – Business Intelligence & Analytics at PA Consulting


How to harness the power of UPRNs

  1. What needs to be done (and by whom) to get the UPRN recognised as key to facilitating information sharing?
  2. How do we get other organisations, particularly Emergency Services, recognising the UPRN as a key identifier?
  3. What should happen next and by whom?

Tony Bracey:

Project Manager, Multi Agency Information Transfer


The gazetteers in action

Saving money by incorporating the gazetteers into business planning and operations

1.    Building robust datasets to underpin contracts using NSG and UPRN
2.    Utilising USRN and UPRN in contract and performance monitoring
3.    Integrating UPRN and the NSG into the customer journey


Luke Chittock:

Systems Manager (GIS) at the London Borough of Bromley, winner of the Exemplar Award 2015


Lessons from the Local Waste Service Standards Project: collaborating to drive wider uptake of data standards in local services

  1. How can we collaborate more across councils and their suppliers to move towards more interoperable local service IT following the example of the Local Waste Service Standards Project? 
  2. Classification patterns: how can councils better manage the classification of data in their IT systems when UPRN not sufficient?
  3. Building an ecosystem of open APIs and the cultural and legal barriers to achieving it.

Linda O'Halloran, former Head of Products, Local Digital Programme, DCLG

Paul Mackay, Technical Director & co-founder of Folk Labs


Return on investment in address and street data for local authorities

  1. What is the most important thing that GeoPlace can do to help you reduce barriers to adoption of LLPG/LSG within your Council?
    • providing material to help you brief your senior management and members
    • working more on national-level initiatives to make sure they know about the power of the UPRN
    • more case studies in social services, education and other departments where the LLPG/LSG is not used 
    • something else
  2. In what department within your organisation would better use of the UPRN produce the greatest improvement in efficiency?  
  3. How can you use the report findings to influence senior management thinking about? 


Andy Coote:

Director, Consulting Where


Joining up health and social care data

This session will explore what role the UPRN could play in linking local authority data and NHS data, and identify examples where including the UPRN in health data would delivery business or clinical benefit.

Andrew Cooling:

Sector Manager for Local Government, Police and Fire, Ordnance Survey

Iain Goodwin:

PSMA Relationship Manager for Health, Culture, Media & Sport, Ordnance Survey


The power of address and street data in public service transformation: Helping to make the case

  1. How have address or street data helped to transform services in your authority? 
  2. What is the most compelling case for address and street data to transform public services?
  3. What is needed further to support the use of address and street data in public service transformation? What can GeoPlace or the LGA do?


Gesche Schmid:

Programme Manager Data and Transparency, Local Government Association


Place-based platforms for interoperability and data sharing

  • What do we mean by place? And what do we mean by ‘platforms'?
  • Why should we be interested in place-based platforms?
  • What would they offer in terms of interoperability? … in terms of data sharing?
  • What are the main types of place-based platforms that would benefit local public services?
  • How can they be developed?
  • What role would standards play?
  • How can they be shared?
Martin Ferguson, Director of Policy and Research, SOCITM  

Smart Places - what are they and why do they need geographic data

  1. Where you live, is that Smart enough already? 
  2. Would you send your children to school one day in a driverless car?  
  3. What defines a Smart City, is it size or space or solutions?


Owain Hale-Heighway:

Smart Cities Practice, Ordnance Survey


What can OS do to help Custodians?

  1. Support in dealing with Software vendors responsible for consuming AddressBase
  2. Provision of data OS holds internally for MM production
  3. Surveyor resources - possible data capture to assist Custodians

Steve Campbell:

Product Manager (Location), Ordnance Survey


The PSMA - bringing public services together

  1. Are there any areas in your individual organisations where you believe the power of the UPRN is as yet untapped in joining up central and local government service delivery?  Existing examples include: Individual Electoral Registration programme, Resilience Direct, Tell Us Once, DECC, the Environment Agency and the emergency services
  2. How are your individual organisations or departments managing cuts in budgets and what areas do you feel that investment and use of the UPRN can help you be more productive and efficient in the next 12 to 24 months? 
  3. Do you believe that the value of the PSMA is appreciated within your authority?

Graham Hughes:

Agreement Manager - PSMA and Open Data Agreements, Ordnance Survey



* roundtables are available during all roundtable sessions unless otherwise indicated