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See the true power of address data

What hidden power will you discover with Britain's most authoritative address system?

What hidden power will you discover with Britain's most authoritative address system?

Address data is a powerful way to connect and exchange data about people, places and properties. There are over 40 million addresses in Britain and Ordnance Survey can show you where each is, what it represents, and what’s around it. Giving you the power to accurately locate, plan and respond.

What are UPRNs and USRNs?

UPRNs and USRNs are unique identifiers - codes - for physical objects and places.

A Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) is a unique, numerical identifier. There's one for every addressable location in Great Britain - structures like houses, or objects that must be identified accurately, like lamp posts.

Similarly, a Unique Street Reference Number (USRN) is a unique, numerical identifier. There's one for every street across Great Britain and, once allocated, a USRN never changes.

From planning, right through to demolition, UPRNs and USRNs never change. This means that you can guarantee the information in different databases matches, whenever there's a location involved

The LGA suggests that there are ‘easy wins’ for local authorities with UPRNs

LGA's Research and Information Manager, Juliet Whitworth, advises that many local authorities would see quick and easy benefits from adopting UPRNs.

Government Digital Service: using UPRNs and USRNs to increase efficiency in the civil service

Terence Eden, Senior Technology Policy Advisor, Government Digital Service and Steve Brandwood, Executive Director of Communities, GeoPlace.

National Audit Office on the benefits of open standards and UPRNs

Nick Chapallaz, Managing Director, GeoPlace and Dr Marc Adams, Senior Analyst and Mapping Lead, National Audit Office.

The Lettings Industry Council: using the UPRN to improve safety and reduce costs

Simon Barlow, Executive Director of Consultancy, GeoPlace and Theresa Wallace, Chair of the Lettings Industry Council

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Unleashing the power of place

Open, freely available UPRNs and USRNs will deliver immense benefits to the private and public sector. UPRNs and USRNs enable smarter use of data, revealing valuable insights and improving efficiency in both business and policy-making.

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Using the UPRN in PropTech

Leading residential property bodies have published an open letter to Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and the Director of the Geospatial Commission highlighting the potential benefits from a widely adopted UPRN and steps that Government needs to take to make this happen.

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Helping you utilise the identifiers

As the originators of these unique identifiers, GeoPlace advises organisations on how to maximise the opportunity that open access presents.

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Becoming open and royalty free

From July 2020, Unique Property Reference Numbers (UPRNs) and Unique Street Reference Numbers (USRNs) will be openly available and royalty free for use on Open Government Licence (OGL) terms from Ordnance Survey.

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How do I get hold of UPRNs and USRNs?

GeoPlace manages the National Address Gazetteer that Ordnance Survey uses to publish the AddressBase range of products and the new OS Open UPRNs. We also maintain the National Street Gazetteer, the primary source for USRNs.

We supply USRNs to OS, so that they can create the OS MasterMap® Highways Network and include USRNs in the new OS Open USRN product.

You can find out more about these at - https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-government/tools-support/identifiers-product-family.

All of these datasets are available free of charge to the public sector under the Public Sector Geospatial Agreement.

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Linked data using the UPRN and USRN

Take a look at some datasets that have been linked to the UPRN or USRN by various organisations.

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Why is GeoPlace best placed to help?

GeoPlace is the central co-ordinator for UPRNs and USRNs in Great Britain. Our expertise in managing and using these unique identifiers is unparalleled.

We're the experts. And we're here to share our expertise.

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