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With the GeoPlace conference taking place online, this is the perfect opportunity to get colleagues in your authority engaged with address and street data, UPRNs and USRNs without them having to take a day out of the office to come to the conference. Each of the sessions last one-hour and there are eight over the two days.

We’ve put together some information about each of the sessions on day 1 that you could use to send to relevant officers, and perhaps even Councillors.

Introduction to the conference

With 39 speakers over the two days, this year’s GeoPlace conference on 10th and 11th May will explore a wide range of society’s most relevant themes, examining the need for the precise location information created by local government that sits at the heart of public services.

Every service provider needs to make a connection between people and places, whether that’s connecting to superfast broadband and 5G, voting, or paying council tax, lighting the highways, repairing potholes, having bins collected and supporting vulnerable people. The role for location cannot be overvalued in the fabric of our everyday lives.

At GeoPlace 2022, 39 speakers will be looking at the impact of joined-up systems behind the scenes. Address and street data, with their associated UPRNs and USRNs are the magic ingredients that connect public services to people to places.

See the agenda sign up for free at https://www.geoplace.co.uk/news-events/events/conference

Information about the ‘Warmer, more sustainable homes’ session.

This session will be of interest to colleagues helping households in fuel poverty to access benefits and support, and promote energy efficiency measures to tackle the issue long term, such as social care and improvement.

Energy – its distribution and cost – is in the news. At GeoPlace 2022, speakers will be looking at the impact of joined-up systems behind the scenes, making it possible to ensure the most vulnerable in society get the support they need from Universal Credit to energy use in domestic and non-domestic buildings to housing improvements and targeting vulnerable people in fuel poverty. Hear from Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Department for Work and Pension (DWP), Ordnance Survey and Barnsley Council on how a systematic approach to data linking (including via the UPRN) has enabled new insights to be generated.

Information about the ‘Stronger British infrastructure’ session

This session will be of interest to colleagues involved in roll-out of broadband, highways and asset management, transport, sustainable communities and active travel.

Local government’s street data and USRNs are used in large infrastructure projects to provide a base layer of information and ties datasets together. Come to the GeoPlace conference and find out about the National Underground Asset Register's position in the wider geospatial ecosystem – including street works coordination, flood risk management and 5G deployment, the network connections of people and premises through geospatial data and linked identifiers in Project Gigabit and how Wales is using a collaborative approach to developing an active travel mapping system.

Information about the ‘Improving the property chain’ session

This session will be of interest to colleagues in land charges, legal, planning and building control, land enquiries, PROW, listed buildings and conservation areas.

Do you want to find out how UPRNs are being used by big players in the property market such as Zoopla, Nationwide and HM Land Registry? Then register for the conference and hear from Nationwide Building Society on the intelligent use of data to link together the underwriting, conveyancing and valuation processes, from Zoopla on what UPRNs could mean for the property industry as a whole and HM Land Registry on how they use UPRNs to support data migration together with the use of UPRNs in Land Registry datasets and the land registration process.

Information about the ‘Safer, more secure homes & buildings’ session

This session will be of interest to colleagues who are responsible for building safety, including planners and building control, housing, landlord and tenants services – including rogue landlord enforcement,, planned maintenance and safety, community safety and

At the GeoPlace conference, hear from central government, the fire service and local government on why UPRNs are the golden thread in bringing together safety related information. Speakers include the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, and a former Principal Planning Officer at Southwark Council. You’ll hear why UPRNs are intrinsic to keeping people safe by enabling information to be brought together in an accessible and usable way and supporting targeted, effective enforcement. Find out more.

Day two of the GeoPlace conference

We recommend that you invite your line manager/head of service/interested Councillors to this session so that they can hear from very senior people in local government on the importance of your day-to-day work.

The day starts with an overview from the LGA and the Chief Executive of Adur & Worthing and will focus on the value that Custodians bring to authorities in delivering and improving services to the people that work and live in your authority. We will also be releasing a new ‘Return on Investment’ report on the financial benefits being made by local authorities through the maintenance and use of address and street gazetteers.

The day continues with sessions on:

  • From planning to maintenance to demolition, the lifecycle of address and street data. This session will also outline the latest work from the SNN Working Group, including opportunities for the future including interactions with Royal Mail and SNN scenarios. The session is relevant for Address and Street Custodians as well as SNN Officers
  • Using UPRNs and USRNs to integrate the data in your authority. This session will provide practical guidance on how to further integrate UPRNs and USRNs in council systems, and will also include presentations from two different authorities on their integration journey

The day concludes with presentations from Cathy Coelho and Keith Curran, your Principal Address and Street Chairs, a focus on the year ahead from GeoPlace, an introduction to the National Geographic Database - which gives you direct access to OS data to build your own bespoke data packages, including Address and Street data. We’ll finish with a wide-range panel session, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and let us have your thoughts on all of this.

We really hope that you can make it. Register for free at https://www.geoplace.co.uk/news-events/events/conference .

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