Addressing matters

Here at OS, we have an array of addressing products which can be utilised based on specific customer requirements. We have designed an interactive StoryMap that gives users an introduction to Code-Point, Code-Point with Polygons, Code-Point Open and AddressBase products.

This resource explains some key points regarding these addressing and location datasets. As well as answering some of our most asked questions, we have included two case studies (which focus on insurance and navigation) to highlight where certain datasets might be more appropriate to use.

StoryMap screenshot.

StoryMap screenshot.

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An introduction to AddressBase Core

The new Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA) is set to benefit the public sector, businesses, developers and academia. It will deliver the next generation of location data and transform the way people access, share and innovate with geospatial data, through new, richer data, improved access and ease of use and new freedoms to share information.

These new freedoms and the ability to link datasets for third parties included the announcement of the Open Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) product, that will allow you to freely incorporate this key identifier into your data holdings. The OS Open UPRN product will provide a unique identifier for every location that can have an address along with a coordinate. But what do you do if you need to know the address, extra attribution and be able to rely on it as the authoritative source of information? This is where AddressBase Core can help.

AddressBase Core data extract

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Why retailers need quality addressing data

Guest blog by Egbe Manners, GI Consultant

One of my colleagues loves online shopping, so, when she moved to a new flat and her favourite home delivery services couldn’t find her address, she was frustrated. Increasingly having a successful delivery to her flat is becoming a differentiator to which online retailer she chooses. Is she expecting too much from online retailers?

Luckily, working at Ordnance Survey (OS), I know a bit about address data. I understand some of the challenges facing retailers to keep customer address data updated. It takes time, investment, and effort to maintain their mailing lists. However, it is worth the effort.

Having access to over 29.6 million addresses in Postal Address File (PAF) from Royal Mail, is a good starting point. However, finding those households within a building that has been divided could prove trickier. But this is made easier with the 12 million additional addresses that OS source from Britain’s local authorities.  Read More


Why you need a location strategy – part two

In this two-part article, I want to show organisations how to go about creating a location data strategy. The business operations of many organisations revolve around location. Whether you are thinking about your supply chain, asset location or customer address, location affects everything.

In part one, I looked at how you could express your business objectives in terms of location and what questions you should ask to frame a strategy. In this second part, I move on to describe some of the practical steps you can take to move your strategy forward.

Decide how to join the location data back to your addresses

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Why you need a location data strategy

When I wrote about ‘Why you need an address master data management strategy, I highlighted how organisations could gain better control of the address data they hold. There are many reasons why you would want to do this; better addresses can streamline operations, reduce errors and waste and even lead to new business opportunities.

A25CBD6B-0AEE-4A35-A455-EF7737524669For many organisations, their main activity is reliant on location, which is often expressed as an address. A delivery company needs to find an address to deliver goods; a mortgage lender wants to value the property found there; a utility company needs to deliver underground services there; an insurer wants to know the risks surrounding it.  An address by itself cannot tell you any of this, but it can be used to unlock other location data.

Organisations who want to gain advantage by using location data should take a structured approach and start by creating a location data strategy. In this two-part article, I’ll explain the steps you need to take to get started. Read More