The vision is becoming a reality – the long and winding journey continues

Today’s guest blog comes from Tony Bracey from the Joint Emergency Services Group (JESG) Wales, and talks about the achievements and challenges around using a single, accurate and sustainable property dataset as the basis for information exchange across the public sector. 


Recently whilst preparing for the GeoPlace National Conference, I recalled a meeting back in 2011, with colleagues gallantly trying to persuade a number of us ‘civil servants’ that using the unique property reference number (UPRN) was the best possible way to achieve consistency across local government information sets and how it could be useful more widely across the public sector. As you would expect in a meeting between local and central government, the conversation turned to the requirement for a vision statement.

Those who know me well are acutely aware of my very short attention span (not much greater than a goldfish!) and I blurted out, to the consternation of my colleagues “you want a Vision Statement, how about; ‘Create one version of the truth through a single, accurate and sustainable property dataset, for use as the basis for information exchange across the public sector in Wales”. Read More


Over 75% of the public sector using AddressBase

Chris Chambers, our AddressBase Product Manager gives us an update on how AddressBase is being used, two and a half years on from its launch.

Address data has always been important for the public sector and commercial companies. The vision and value of a single spatial addressing infrastructure that underpins key service provision and enables better location data collaboration is starting to deliver results for all our customers.

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Using maps in the public sector

We work closely with a wide range of public sector organisations across England, Wales and Scotland and help organisations to reduce time, save money and be more efficient in the delivery of public services. Today’s guest post is from Steve Campbell, GIS Manager at the Borough of Poole, explaining why geographic data is at the heart of his work.  


I am passionate about maps, even working in a local authority, it never ceases to amaze me that there is wealth of data in the public sector that has an element of geographic reference which can be located on a map. So it may not come as a surprised to you that geographical data is at the heart of the creation and delivery of many public services today. Our everyday working and home environment provides lots of data that can help a local authority to prioritise their services; for example for profiling waste refuge collection points, traffic management during rush hour road congestion and reporting a faulty streetlight. It was this passion for mapping data and seeing how these results inform decision making that lead me to volunteer to become chair of Public Sector Mapping Agreement User Representative Group. Read More


Ducklington Parish connects services to residents using OS OpenSpace maps

Ducklington Parish Council connects its residents to a wealth of local information using OS OpenSpace.

Ducklington Parish Council had always struggled to explain to its residents the facilities which were available to them around the local area. By using OS OpenSpace residents now have access to a wealth of local information which includes planning applications, points of interest and local footpaths.

Communicating important events and road closures is now familiar and easily accessible because Ordnance Survey maps can be integrated within the parish’s news posts throughout their website.

Using Web-Map Builder, a free and simple to use tool allowing anyone with little or no web development skills to create custom maps, Ducklington have been able to show conservation areas, local footpaths and parish boundaries.

 Everyone is familiar with the OS maps. The site looks really good as a result, live and interactive – not bad for a small Parish Council. – Peter Almgill

The council have also used OS OpenSpace to provide a detailed overview of local services and updates to buildings throughout the parish. The planning applications map, which showcases local applications across the parish, is keeping residents informed of changes to local homes and public buildings.

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