GeoPlace is a public sector limited liability partnership between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey.
From nearly 50 entries across Europe, and the only UK Award winner, GeoPlace was awarded the winner in the "Quantity and Quality" category for the creation of the National Address Gazetteer Database. The awarding process was based on the SDI self-assessment framework. The Awards Jury then assigned grades to various indicators and ranked the entries with reference to six criteria.
The GeoPlace entry focussed on the establishment of the National Address Gazetteer Database. It described how the National Address Gazetteer Database was created and how it is being maintained as an intelligent, comprehensive, current address and street database. The entry also looked at how it is being shared amongst the whole of the public sector under the terms of the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) as well as the wider commercial markets.
Franco Vico, one of the EUROGI judges commented on why GeoPlace won the 'Quantity and Quality' category; "It is all about data, it is all about bottom up data flow, it is all about data integration. The GeoPlace entry demonstrated an excellent good practice model".
In collecting the Award at the EUROGI Awards Conference on 12th October in Brussels, Steve Brandwood, Head of Services and Engagement at GeoPlace said; 'It's extremely gratifying to receive European recognition of the importance of address and street data as an SDI and receive recognition for the sheer scale of what has been achieved in the UK'.
Notes to editors
EUROGI runs eSDI-Net, the 'Network for promotion of cross border dialogue and exchange of best practices on Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) throughout Europe'. The aim of the initiative is to provide a platform where best practices can be widely exchanged and assimilated.
GeoPlace is a public sector limited liability partnership between the Local Government Group and Ordnance Survey. GeoPlace's role is to create and maintain the National Address Gazetteer Database and the National Street Gazetteer for England and Wales, providing definitive sources of publicly-owned spatial address and street data to the market through Ordnance Survey. Through agreement with Scotland's Improvement Service Company, the plan is to extend the coverage to Scotland.
National Address Gazetteer Database
The National Address Gazetteer Database, managed by GeoPlace, is the data storage and internal set of processes bringing together the existing local authority sourced Local Land and Property Gazetteers (LLPGs) together with Ordnance Survey, Valuation Office Agency and Royal Mail data from which the AddressBase products are produced
Local Government Association
The Local Government Association is a political organisation that is run by its members. The LGA always strives to agree a common cross-party position on issues and to speak with one voice on behalf of local government. It aims to set the political agenda and speak in the national media on the issues that matter to council members
Ordnance Survey is Great Britain's national mapping agency, providing the most accurate and up-to-date geographic data, relied on by government, business and individuals. Ordnance Survey utilises the National Address Gazetteer Database in the creation of the AddressBase range of products available for use in both the public and commercial sectors.
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