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Everything Happens Somewhere 2017


Connecting data for better outcomes

11th May 2017, Leeds United Football Club

GeoPlace's 2017 conference focused on helping councils do more with their data.

At the last GeoPlace annual conference, the Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, previous Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster said: "Addresses are invaluable to our economy and our public services."

Hancock also said: "The UPRN is the jewel at the heart of the addressing system, it links address data across a diverse range of systems and services. The UPRN facilitates greater accuracy and immediate data sharing and matching - delivering better services and better outcomes for citizens".

We know this is true, and this year's conference provided the evidence on how location data helps with decision making about service delivery, targeting scarce resources at areas of greatest need and predicting and preventing social problems.

This year's conference provided the evidence on how location data helps with decision making


Council address and street data is well maintained and is of excellent quality. The conference demonstrated how the UPRN and USRN are a digital services backbone, bringing together data from any number of services areas to answer questions such as ‘Where?' and 'What is happening there?'

Throughout the day, there were a mix of keynote presentations, workshops, focussed streams, and roundtables. There was also the presentation of the Data Quality & Improvement Awards, a suppliers' exhibition together with social events and plenty of opportunities to talk to colleagues from councils across the country.



Listen to talks and view slides from during the day


Centenary Pavilion

Streams in Peter Lorimer suite

Streams in 1919 suite


Welcome from Richard Mason - listen




Eddie Copeland – Connecting data for better outcomes - listenread transript
Eddie Copeland is Director of Government Innovation in the Innovation Lab at NESTA, where he is responsible for leading projects concerning city data, behavioural insights, local government digital reform, the collaborative economy and digital democracy. He is an advocate of government and public sector organisations making smarter use of technology and data to deliver more and better with less




The Power Of DataJerry McConkey, CEO, JAG(UK) - listen and view slides
Clarity of purpose is a phrase not often used in NSG or JAG(UK) circles, but times are changing. The government has signalled its intention to change the way in which we manage and use data, the way in which we plan and communicate about works and the role this can play in reducing congestion and increasing network availability. DVLA figures suggest there are 38 Million licence holders in the UK , congestion and better management of activities are high on the political agenda our session will discuss the importance of the NSG and JAG(UK) communities will play in supporting and delivering change.




Developing a database schema to identify Troubled Families - Listenview slides - read
Paul Holme, Research and Intelligence Manager / Strategic Lead Research (GM), Public Intelligence / GM Public Service Reform

Using addressing to verify population estimates - Listen and view slides
Rachel Antcliffe, Principal LLPG Officer, Data & GIS Team, Leeds City Council

The UPRN, the logical glue - Listen and view slides
Ben Jones, Head of Digital Services at Harrow Council

Discussion - listen - read




Introduction to the exhibitors - listen








Roundtable session 1

Street Naming & Numbering workshop - View slides

A future vision and strategy for Street Naming and Numbering in England and Wales




Roundtable session 2








Working with partners – a focus on the use of the gazetteers in national projects

Using your addresses for census 2021 - Alistair Calder, Head of Address Register and Census Methodology, Office for National Statistics - view slides

The census is the most complete national application of addressing and needs a brilliant address list. This time round AddressBase Premium is going to be that list.  The plan for 2021 is to use AddressBase Premium and so the LLPGs as the direct source of the address list - putting a good deal of trust in local classification. 
We are already working closely with GeoPlace to work out how this might work and how we can gain as much benefit as possible for both national and local addressing.
We are acutely aware of the pressure on councils and custodians but by starting early, working smart and sharing more we hope census can be more of an opportunity for local addressing then a burden.  At the same time demonstrating that a well-resourced LLPG can directly affect the level of RSG received by the council.
This  presentation will provide an update on current thinking and, we hope, provide the start of a discussion about how we can best work together.


Technology in Partnerships - Sean Nolan, CIPFA Director of local government and policing - view slides

Why it is becoming important to work in partnerships to deliver services for Local Government.  Sean will highlight the key benefits and provide a case study on key technology partnerships CIPFA has led on.  He will also describe what is needed to happen to achieve a successful partnership for technological solutions

The Year Ahead, or You Want Us To Do What ...! - Nick Griffiths, Executive Director of Infomatics, GeoPlace - view slides


Street Naming & Numbering workshop - View slides

A future vision and strategy for Street Naming and Numbering in England and Wales

Street data management workshop


Introduction to Geometry Health Checks, what we do, what we are checking
Listen and view slides - Richard Groombridge and Jonathan Bates, Deputy National Street Data Manager, GeoPlace

Entering PRoWs into the gazetteer
Listen and view slides - Bob Wood, Technical Systems Manager, Darlington Borough Council

Reviewing Traffic Sensitivity
Listen  and view slides - Stephen Black, Technician, Sunderland City Council

Integration, migration and usage of Highways data - Listen and view slides

  • Spec changes and timeline

  • How local government data is used in the product

  • Demonstration

  • Use cases

  • Migration from ITN

Dave Russell, Senior GI Consultant and Andrew Cooling, Strategic Development Manager - Local Government, Police and Fire, Ordnance Survey








Round up with the Chairs - listen to Cathy Coelho and Glenn Dobson - view Cathy's slides - view Glenn's slides

Cathy Coelho, Principal Chair Regional Address Group and Glenn Dobson, Principal Chair Regional Streets Group




Presentation of the Exemplar Awards - listen - view presentation

with Tim Hill, Chief Planning Officer, Leeds City Council 




Close & post conference drinks