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A Single View of Place

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The theme for this year's GeoPlace annual conference and exhibition is ‘A single view of Place'.

Place is important to service delivery.  This is recognised at the heart of Government and the Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General gave the keynote presentation at the conference.

Local authorities are becoming Place Shapers - taking on different responsibilities and relationships due to changes such as the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016, digital transformation and spending constraints.

All of this requires an understanding on what happens at a single place, and this is where the standardised address and street data produced by local authorities comes in.  In each of the following areas, definitive maintained data and the sharing of a unique reference can provide the ‘glue' in service redesign:

  • the increasing focus on place-based programmes such as Troubled Families, Health and Social Care and the One Estate programme, all of which bring different departments and agencies together to provide services to a discrete client

  • Recognition of the value of a single view at a property level or across traditional boundaries

  • Elimination of duplication and sharing of knowledge and resources between different partners

  • Unlocking the data silos between organisations working together under the devolution agenda.


Address and street registers

Local authorities have been working together for over 15 years to develop a single, consistent, definitive register of addresses and of streets.

Councils rely on address and street information to run their services effectively and provide a reliable property level view of council services across departments.  For instance, maintenance of the electoral register, collection of council tax, fraud prevention, the management of street works, customer insight and CRM, waste services and admissions for schools.  Additionally, by sharing one centralised address database across the council, data analytics can be undertaken to provide greater customer intelligence, reduce fraud and duplication of effort.

Local authority address and street information is also reused right across the public sector, enabling data sharing, linking and interoperability - thanks to the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA). The PSMA is the mechanism that enables address data to be shared amongst the whole of the public sector free of charge as the AddressBase range of products, which are also widely available to the private sector under license.

As well as being used by councils, the data is also used by a wide number of central government departments and initiatives such as the Individual Electoral Registration programme, Resilience Direct, Tell Us Once, DECC, the Environment Agency, HMRC, the National Fraud Initiative and the emergency services use it for emergency response. The private sector use it for insurance underwriting, logistics, delivery and it's being used in the Smart Meter programme.


The target audience

GeoPlace works closely on a day-to-day basis with Address and Street Custodians, Street Naming and Numbering Officers and Traffic Managers. 

Our conference primarily supports colleagues in these roles, as well as bringing together people from all over the UK from local authorities who have a strategic interest in maintaining and using the street and address data that local authorities produce.

The conference will also be of interest to GIS managers, heads of transformation and customer services, ICT and digital specialists and service managers.


The day

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.

The opening plenary features the Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General.  The Minister has an exciting and wide-ranging portfolio of responsibilities including digital transformation of government, government transparency and public sector efficiency and reform providing an opportunity for delegates to hear from the heart government on these important issues facing the public sector today.

Andy Coote, Director of Consulting Where launched the results of a wide-ranging GeoPlace commissioned study on the return on investment in address and street data for local authorities.

The conference features over 30 speakers facilitating discussion in the Roundtable sessions providing delegates with an extensive opportunity to ‘pick and mix' topics to create their own personalised conference experience.

The topics range from the practical such as

  • Using the Performance Scorecard to drive up highway and utility performance

  • DFT 8.1

  • Improvement Schedules – improving your levels for Address and Street Custodians

  • Data linking at a local level

a Data Zone providing 1-2-1 support and advice:

  • DFT8.1 support

  • Resyncs and CoUs

  • Helpdesk 1-2-1 session

  • Data clinic

to a focus on benefits such as:

  • Dogfooding your gazetteer

  • Developing a joined up addressing strategy

  • Return on investment in address and street data for local authorities

  • How to harness the power of UPRNs

to a more strategic view:

  • Saving money by incorporating the gazetteers into business planning and operations

  • Place-based platforms for interoperability and data sharing

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

As well as looking at areas of joint working:

  • Joining up health & social care data

  • Smart Places –what are they and why do they need geographic data

Special focus

We also provided a special feature on Street Naming and Numbering, with a clinic run by James Richardson on SNN legislation, a session on ‘SNN is not a science but an art' and a focus on SNN and Royal Mail.

There is also plenty for people with an interest in street data with a number of Roundtable topics and a close look at Collaborative working: the Highways Project with presenters from the Department for Transport, Ordnance Survey and GeoPlace.

The accompanying exhibition with industry suppliers also provides ways to practically implement the themes of the day.