Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has been awarded the Data Quality and Improvement Award in recognition of the way it manages its street information database. The Award was announced at the GeoPlace Annual Conference, which took place in central London on Wednesday 9th May attended by Jesse Noman MP, Minister of State for the Department for Transport, and William Priest, CEO of the Geospatial Commission.
Each year, these Awards highlight best practice and outstanding examples of data management by local authorities. Land, property, street and address information is used to connect different services across the council giving communities and individuals a property level view' of the services available to them. Without it, and without the work of Street and Address Custodians, we would not have the high-quality data that is essential for the efficient and effective operation of those services.
The Awards highlight the Custodians' roles in collecting and curating this data, showcasing their work in a way that enables data management to be more widely promoted across the authority.
The country's street network provides one of the most important assets in society. Dedication and coordination are needed to create a seamless delivery of related services to the public. This street data is also used in a national Highways dataset Ordnance Survey's Highways Network product. The resulting data is a combination of data from local highway authorities via the National Street Gazetteer, Highways England data from the Trunk Road Street Gazetteer and accurate detailed geometry and additional road content from OS.
This is why this Award is important. It is recognition of the hard work and skill that goes into maintaining a constantly changing dataset. In turn, each award puts a spotlight on the services that use this data; further helping to promote the importance of Custodians' work.
Using statistics compiled by GeoPlace, the Data Quality and Improvement Award for Street Data recognises the authority which has made and achieved a real commitment to improving both the accuracy and quality of the data submitted to GeoPlace. Attainment in the elements of the Improvement Schedule form the core evidence used to judge this award.
In presenting the Award to Grant Williams, Assistant Engineer, Community Safety and Streetscene at Rotherham Council, Richard Groombridge, National Street Data Manager said: "Rotherham has made huge strides in data improvements over the improvement schedule year 2018/19 improving 8 out of the 13 criteria scored against authorities. Specifically, there were significant improvements to health checks and edge matching alongside the full inclusion of their Primary Route Network. This will have significant benefits to the coordination of Streetworks in their area."
Richard continued: "Rotherham Council has set an example that we want to recognise on a national stage. Managing street information data takes skill, and commitment. This Award recognises excellence and is an appreciation of the effort going into a process that brings local and national benefits."
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GeoPlace is a world class expert in address and street information management, working internationally as well as in the UK to help our partners and customers maximise the value of their spatial information for better decision making.
GeoPlace maintains a national infrastructure that supports the address and street information needs of the public and private sectors. Its work relies heavily on close working relationships with every local authority in England and Wales. This relationship has been developed over 15 years, to build the National Address Gazetteer infrastructure and National Street Gazetteer. Ordnance Survey develops the range of AddressBase products from the National Address Gazetteer and OS MasterMap Highways Network from the NSG. Both datasets underpin efficient and effective services, bringing direct service delivery benefits to users.
The Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) and the Unique Street Reference Number (USRN) are the unique identifiers for every addressable location and street in Great Britain. They are created by local authorities who have the statutory authority to name and number every street and property and Ordnance Survey who identify objects on the landscape which may otherwise not attract an address.
These unique reference numbers link datasets together and share information with other organisations who also use them. They provide a comprehensive, complete and consistent identifier throughout a property's life cycle from planning permission or street naming through to demolition.
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