The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of local authorities, local partnerships, police forces and fire and rescue services, in the creation, maintenance and utilisation of the National Land & Property Gazetteer (NLPG) and the National Street Gazetteer (NSG).
The 2010 Exemplar awards will be presented today by Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed, Cabinet Member for Communities, Sheffield City Council. This is at the 'Everything Happens Somewhere' conference, which is taking place at Cutlers' Hall in Sheffield. Both the awards and the conference aim to share, reward and celebrate best practice.
The NLPG and NSG are created and maintained on a daily basis by local government. The NLPG is used by local government, fire and rescue services, police forces and others to link their information and systems to improve services, boost efficiency and reduce costs. The NSG is the composite street index for the whole of England and Wales. It is used by local government and those organisations that work on or around highways, for co-ordinating street works and managing the road network.
The 2010 Exemplar Award categories and winners:
The Citizen Award is intended to capture projects where better services have been delivered to citizens or businesses using the NLPG or the NSG.
Winner: West Oxfordshire District Council
This award intends to capture projects which can demonstrate real financial savings through the use of the NLPG or the NSG.
Winner: London Borough of Harrow
This award aims to capture the range of examples where the NLPG or NSG has been used for greener outcomes. Projects should have either reduced environmental impact or increased greener outcomes.
Winner:London Borough of Harrow
This award seeks to recognise those who are able to show how the NLPG or the NSG is linked to all other council services, or local partnerships and the benefits of these linkages.
Winner: Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service
This award is looking for innovative examples of the application of technology using the NLPG or the NSG. This category could include projects using open source software; creating mash ups or other technological solutions.
Winner: London Borough of Harrow
This award is given to the candidate who the judges feel has the most innovative example of street naming which is relevant both to local history and geographical context.
Winner: Plymouth City Council
The winners will be documented into a case studies booklet that will be made available on the NLPG and NSG websites.
Intelligent Addressing contact: Gayle Gander, Head of Marketing,
Notes to editors:
The NLPG is a joint venture between all local authorities in England and Wales, the Local Government Information House, part of the Local Government Group and Intelligent Addressing Limited.
Intelligent Addressing is an information management specialist and data provider, focusing on land and property data, particularly addresses. As well as being the joint venture partner with local government in the development of the NLPG, IA also manages the national datasets for local government; the NLPG and the National Street Gazetteer (NSG). Data is an essential yet high-cost resource to maintain. IA helps organisations find, utilise and manage the information that they need and provides services to any organisation that depends on the accuracy, manageability and versatility of its information.
Local Government Information House is part of the Local Government Group. LGIH concentrates on core projects that have maximum benefit for the whole of local government. To this end, LGIH focuses on geographical information-related projects, as the standardisation of this type of data affects more than 80 per cent of what local government does. LGIH acts as an intermediary between the public and the private sector enabling it to negotiate with private companies on behalf of local authorities in order to provide key parts of a technical infrastructure for improved service delivery.
Local Government Association is part of the Local Government Group. LGIH concentrates on core projects that have maximum benefit for the whole of local government. To this end, LGIH focuses on geographical information-related projects, as the standardisation of this type of data affects more than 80 per cent of what local government does. LGIH acts as an intermediary between the public and the private sector enabling it to negotiate with private companies on behalf of local authorities in order to provide key parts of a technical infrastructure for improved service delivery