Everything Happens Somewhere – using local knowledge for national benefit

Guest post by Gayle Gander of GeoPlace  (@GayleGander)

Case studies from the 2012 GeoPlace Exemplar Awards have now been published in  book form.

The case studies celebrates the work of Award winning Custodians across the country and demonstrate how Authority Address Custodians and Authority Street Custodians are enabling local authorities to create efficiency savings and support service delivery.

The Custodians are the people responsible for creating and maintaining essential national resources in the form of the National Street Gazetteer and the National Address Gazetteer.  The National Address Gazetteer is a critical part of the AddressBase® range of products which are now widely available, and being used by the public sector through the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) as well as by the private sector.

The case studies featured in this book demonstrate the importance of address and street information to local government – with much of the best practice transferable to other organisations across the public sector.

The use of the Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) and the Unique Street Reference Number (USRN), which are included from day one in the lifecycle of an address or street, are the enablers behind many of these projects:

  • Huntingdonshire’s Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) was used as the basis of a Business Improvement District which saw almost £1m of investment into Huntingdonshire
  • Northumberland County Council integrated the data from its LLPG to provide greater property intelligence into the Digital Britain project using its Local Street Gazetteer (LSG)
  • Kent County Council developed a system to reduce the occurrence of potholes and footway defects, and to find and swiftly fix those which do occur, all with fewer Highway Inspectors and lower compensation claims
  • By dynamically linking its LLPG to 360-degree street level photography, Bath and North East Somerset Council have made a reduction in the amount of staff car travel resulting in cost saving and reduced CO2 emissions, as well as freeing up staff time due to a reduction in journeys
  • In the London Borough of Newham, the LLPG provides the foundation for an online automated Private Rented Property Licensing Scheme
  • Gedling Borough Council used its LLPG to give a cross-party working group clearly defined maps showing existing and proposed ward boundaries along with the number of electors for each proposed new ward
  • By merging its Public Rights of Way (PRoW) network with its LSG, Northumberland County Council has enabled its PRoW network to be made available to the public and utilities in a standard format that can be used countywide.

This book also features local authorities which have received Awards for excellence in their day-to-day work.  This includes those who have invested time in creating and continually improving their processes and who have made and achieved a real commitment to improving both the accuracy and quality of the data submitted to the GeoPlace hubs.  With the increasing usage of local authority address information across the wider public sector it is important to recognise the professionalism of these Custodians.

The book is available at http://www.iahub.net/docs/1365068504266.pdf

If you would like a hard copy, please contact gayle.gander@geoplace.co.uk


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