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The GeoPlace Exemplar Awards celebrate excellence in address and street information enabled service delivery across local government.

The Exemplar Awards recognise the vital role address and street information professionals play in local service delivery. They celebrate their achievements, providing external acknowledgement of innovation, creativity, best practice, hard work and achievement.

Following the inclusion of data from Scottish local authorities into AddressBase, in conjunction with the Improvement Service, the Awards have been extended to include Scottish authorities.

The GeoPlace Exemplar Awards 2012 were presented at the 'Everything Happens Somewhere' conference an exhibition at Friends House in London.

The Awards aim to:

  • showcase best practice
  • foster innovation
  • recognise and reward hard work in the local government community
  • provide a benchmark for quality and improvement.

The full list of Awards winners is available here.

Download the Awards winners write up

See www.flickr.com/photos/geoplacellp/albums/72157631990281567 for photo of the Awards winners, the conference and the exhibition.

Case studies from the 2012 Awards can be seen here.

The Judging Panel

We would like to thank the judges, all experts in the area of local government, for their hard work and deliberations on the winners:

  • David Buck - UK Location
  • Gesche Schmid - LGA
  • John Kimmance - Ordnance Survey
  • Martin Ferguson - Socitm
  • Neil Silley - NLPG Custodian, GeoPlace
  • Robin Waters - GIS Professional
  • Simon Bailey - NSG Custodian, GeoPlace
  • Steve Brandwood - GeoPlace

Best Example of Street Naming & Numbering Policy Implementation - sponsored by LGA

Winner - Adur & Worthing Councils

Best example of Street Naming and Numbering policy implementation.

Citizen Award - sponsored by UK Location

Winner - Caerphilly County Borough Council

Best example of a project underpinned by the local address and/or street dataset which delivers services to citizens.

Improvement and Efficiency Award - sponsored by LGA

Winner - Kent County Council

This Award intends to capture projects which demonstrate how local address and/or street datasets underpin projects which have led to efficiency savings or innovation or improvement for the organisation or partnership.

Integration Award - sponsored by Ordnance Survey

Winner - London Borough of Harrow

Best example of where the local address and/or street datasets are linked to council services or to local partnerships.

Services Award sponsored by SOCITM

Winner - Bath and North East Somerset Council GIS Team

Best example of a project where the local address and/or street database enable local government services.

2012 Exemplar Award

Winner - London Borough of Harrow

This Award is based on audience votes that followed presentations from the winners of the first five categories, at the Everything Happens Somewhere conference.

Peer Award

Winner - Cathy Coelho from Oxford City Council

This Award intends to reward continuous commitment by an individual to the LLPG and the LSG communities in England and Wales. The recipient of this Award is nominated by their fellow Authority Address and Street Custodians in England and Wales and judged by the GeoPlace NLPG Custodian and the NSG Custodian.

Scottish Gazetteer Custodian of the Year

Winner - Dundee City Council

Presented to the council / Custodian who has achieved the highest rating in the One Scotland Gazetteer Accreditation Scheme by October 2012

Best Contribution from a Scottish Authority in Preparation for AddressBase

Winner - North Ayrshire Council

Best Anecdote for widespread use of a UPRN or USRN

Winner - Northumberland County Council

This Award is given for the most unusual and interesting use of UPRN or USRN. The aim of this award is to demonstrate how widely the UPRN and USRN is used across society.

Most Improved Authority Address Updates

Winner - Cannock Chase District Council

Most Improved Authority Street Updates

Winner - Peterborough City Council

Best in Region Exemplar Awards

Regions continue to play an important role in improvements to the National Gazetteers. It is very clear that regions have had their own local challenges as well as meeting national demands. Local support and cross border working has helped solve a variety of local area issues and promote best practice.

View the winners here

Authority Updates Gold Awards

A certificate was presented to all those authorities that have achieved the highest standard across all 2012 Gazetteer Improvement Schedule criteria.

View the winners here

Previous Exemplar Awards

The Awards celebrate the excellent work from members of the NLPG and NSG communities.


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