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Dudley Council Receives Gold Award

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Dudley Council has been presented with a ‘Gold Performance Award’ in recognition of the management of its street information database.

The award was presented at the GeoPlace annual conference, which included the presentation of the Exemplar Awards 2018, earlier this month at Edgbaston Cricket Club by Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council.

The Gold Performance Award for Street Data is given to authorities that have consistently reached and maintained the very highest standard in national tests on data excellence and supply of regular updates to the national hub, which manages receipt of street data from all authorities in England and Wales.

Improving public services and overcoming the challenges of data sharing is a key focus for councils. The awards highlight best practice in local authorities using land and property and street information to tie different services from across the council together to give a property level view of services. 

The awards highlight custodians' roles within their authorities and enable their work to be more widely promoted to all parts of the authority.  They allow the many services which currently use address and street data to see that the high standard of the data is externally recognised.

Councillor Simon Phipps, cabinet member for procurement, transformation and commercialisation, said:

Dudley has again proved that we are ahead of the game for how we use and manage street data. I would like to personally congratulate the officers involved with this work, especially as this is the second year that they have collected this accolade.

In presenting the award to Dudley Council Richard Groombridge, National Street Data Manager said:

Dudley has achieved the highest standard of street information data management. Achieving this level demonstrates excellence and commitment to a process that brings local and national benefits.

About GeoPlace

GeoPlace LLP is a public sector limited liability partnership between the Local Government Association (LGA) and Ordnance Survey.

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. 

See https://www.geoplace.co.uk

Contact: Gayle Gander, Head of Marketing, GeoPlace, +44(0) 20 7630 4600, gayle.gander@geoplace.co.uk, www.geoplace.co.uk

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