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The GeoPlace conference supports Authority Address and Street Custodians; Street Naming and Numbering Officers; Streetworks managers; team colleagues; GIS officers and anyone else in your authority that would benefit from greater insight on how your data is being used.

The event offers a great opportunity to network with fellow peers and find out more about the direction of travel of the national Gazetteers programme.  It particularly focusses on facilitating knowledge transfer, promoting best practice and includes a number of practical sessions providing support and training.

The structure of the conference is designed to bring all the attendees together to hear from and discuss common pertinent issues before breaking into smaller groups to hear from and debate with experts on particular topics.


Tailor-made conference

We believe that people attending a conference get the most out of it by being part of it.

This is why we have such a big focus at our event on networking, interaction, and providing an event structure where large numbers of people can participate within small collaborative sessions.

As well as having plenary sessions which bring everyone together, we have a range of other sessions which attendees can choose from to ensure that the day fits their own needs and makes best use of their time away from the office.


Plenary sessions

We aim to invite speakers who interest and inspire attendees. Speakers this year include:

  • Eddie Copeland, Director of Government Innovation at the Nesta Innovation Lab who will talk about importance of location data and it power in bringing different datasets together for analysis, policy-making and service delivery

  • Custodians and council officers who will give examples of the use of the UPRN and USRN in their own authority

  • The Land Registry who will talk Land Charges, ONS who will discuss the Census and Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) discussing business rates. All of these presentations will have one big thing in common – how council address and street data are central to their work and business strategies. These presentations will be a big ‘take home' for Custodians

Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, previous Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, speaking at the 2016 GeoPlace annual conference


Roundtable discussion sessions

The conference features over 20 speakers facilitating discussions in the Roundtable sessions providing an extensive opportunity to ‘pick and mix' topics to create your own personalised conference experience.

The topics range from the practical, to benefits focussed, to strategic to partnership working. This year a number of the roundtables are being led by exhibitors, introducing topics such as Supporting cloud migration, LiDAR – How can this dataset work for your Authority and Innovation and the UPRN.

The day also features two additional sessions running parallel to the main conference:


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

Following the establishment of the Street Naming and Numbering Practice Working Group towards the end of 2016, this session will bring together interested parties to look at topical SNN issues, including a discussion around the five-year action plan of possible achievements and deliverables benefiting all SNN Officers in the context of a Good Addressing vision and strategy.


The roadmap for street data management

This session will bring together people with a particular interest in streets to discuss topics such as:

  • Introduction to Spatial Health Checks, what we do, what we are checking

  • Reviewing and recording Classification networks

  • Introducing the new PROW conventions



Discussion sessions

With such an interesting range of speakers, we want to ensure that there is plenty of discussion time throughout the day to ask questions and debate with speakers and each attendees


On-site support and training

GeoPlace support sessions will take place throughout the day in the Data Zone within the exhibition room including:

  • Resyncs and CoUs

  • Helpdesk 1-2-1 session

  • Data clinic

Recognising the importance of the content, the AGI and Royal Geographical Society have both accredited the conference with 4 and 5 CPD points respectively.


Exemplar Awards

The event also gives us the opportunity to celebrate excellence in address and street information enabled service delivery across local government.

We will present Awards to the winners of the Peer Award and the Exemplar Award 2016.

An important part of the day is the presentation of Awards for Data Quality and Performance for authorities at Gold level, as well as Best in Region and Most Improved.



Running alongside the conference will be an exhibition showcasing suppliers with products and services available to local street and address authorities which can be utilised by your gazetteers.  A great opportunity to get new ideas!


Social events

As usual, GeoPlace will provide the opportunity for delegates to come together in a more informal setting the night before the conference and directly following the conference.

The evening before conference is always a great way to explore a city, whether you are new to it, or a frequent visitor. We've taken the opportunity to ask a local tour guide to give us a personalised walking tour of Leeds City Centre before retreating to a local pub for a few replenishing drinks. The tour is free to attend and the drinks are on us!

The conference will close with drinks in the Gary Speed suite overlooking the football pitch.



An important aspect of the day is of course food and refreshments! There will be plenty of it, from the time you arrive until departure. We are happy to cater for dietary requirements, simply note any when you register for the conference.


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 and if helpful, we would be happy to send invitation directly to any of your colleagues.

With keynote speakers such as Eddie Copeland, Director of Government Innovation at the Nesta Innovation Lab, colleagues such as your Customer Service Manager, 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.


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 government such as the Land Registry, Office for National Statistics as well as the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy who will discuss work being undertaken on Business rates using the UPRN

  • the conference provides a national forum for colleagues to come together from across the whole of Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands

  • meet and network with colleagues from other authorities working on the gazetteers and from the Joint Authority Group (UK) (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 2017 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.


  • 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



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