The scheme is designed to support authorities in terms of identifying areas of need and also aims to continuously improve the overall basic quality of the national gazetteers.
In order to help communicate the continuous improvement "standard" of a gazetteer to those outside the immediate gazetteer community i.e. Heads of Service; Chief Executives etc, a scheme following an easily recognisable Gold; Silver; Bronze and Achieved National Standard structure was developed. Within each level, there are individual "targets" that a local address gazetteer works too.
This paper gathers views and experiences together from a number of local authorities who have achieved gold level for their gazetteer. The comments presented in this paper are not exhaustive but have been gathered to help share good practice with other authorities who are keen to work towards a higher level with their gazetteer.