On 3 November 2011 GeoPlace LLP announced the winners of the 2011 National Gazetteers Exemplar Awards. 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 Gazetteers.
The 2011 Exemplar Awards were presented at the ‘Everything Happens Somewhere’ conference, which took place at Albert Hall in Nottingham. The aim of the awards and the conference was to share, reward and celebrate best practice which brings service improvements and efficiencies through the effective management of address and street information.
GeoPlace is a public sector limited liability partnership between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey. GeoPlace’s role is to create and maintain national databases of address and street data sourced from local authorities in England and Wales, brought together with Ordnance Survey data. These national databases provide definitive spatial address and street data as an enabler for public sector improvement and wider application in other sectors.
The 2011 Exemplar Award categories and winners are:
The Citizen Award is intended to reward projects where benefits have been delivered to citizens or businesses using the National Gazetteers.
Winner: Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service
This award intends to capture projects which can demonstrate real financial savings through the use of the National Gazetteers.
Winner: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
This award aims to capture the range of examples where the National Gazetteers have been used for greener outcomes. Projects should have either reduced environmental impact or increased greener outcomes.
Winner: Northumberland County Council
This award seeks to recognise those who are able to show how the National Gazetteers are linked to all other council services, or local partnerships and the benefits of these linkages.
Winner: Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council, Bath & North East Somerset Council, North Somerset District Council, Police, Fire & Ambulance Emergency Services, Primary Care Trusts & the NHS in the greater Bristol area.
This award is looking for innovative examples of the application of technology using the National Gazetteers. This category could include projects using open source software; creating mash ups or other technological solutions.
Winner: West Midlands Fire & Rescue Service
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: Colchester Borough Council
The winners will be documented into a case studies booklet that will be made available via the GeoPlace website.
On 30 September 2011 the new range of addressing products created from the National Address Gazetteer database were officially released to the market.