Councils commended for work with local data

Mid Sussex District Council has been recognised for the work it is doing with local data by winning the GeoPlace Exemplar Award 2018.

GeoPlace, the partnership between the Local Government Association (LGA) and Ordnance Survey, recognised how the council is using its local address register to underpin a bid for money from the Chancellor’s £190m Local Full Fibre Networks Challenge Fund to encourage the roll out of fibre broadband to homes and businesses.

To submit a bid, the council had to demonstrate that their proposal would harness public sector connectivity to deliver a significant economic benefit to the local economy, driving up inward investment and the growth of local businesses; particularly those in the digital economy. The bid resulted in an award of £2.2m from the Local Full Fibre Networks Challenge Fund in the 2018 Spring Statement.

The bid process highlighted how local address data is used as a decision support tool in combination with a focussed deployment of geo spatial data using GIS. LLPG data was critical in assessing the potential economic benefit that would accrue from a successful roll out of a full fibre network.

Further awards

Among the other award winners on the night was Ian David, who picked up the Peer Award. Ian has recently retired from Bridgend County Borough Council.

Ian has worked in the streets and streetworks area for many years and his knowledge and experience will be sorely missed. Ian alternated being Welsh Regional Custodian Street Chair and Deputy since the early 2000s and has been involved and made valuable contributions to various local government and GeoPlace related working group. Ian has also made an impact with the JAG(UK) community, leading on Inspection Fees working group and most notably worked on the formula for calculating the current fee structure. Ian has always made time for colleagues in the UK and had a positive outlook which has helped all authorities but particularly those in Wales.

Dacorum Borough Council and Bournemouth Borough Council were announced as winners of the Data Quality and Improvement Award for Addresses 2018 and the Data Quality and Improvement Award for Streets 2018 respectively.

Awards were also presented for Best Address Data in Region and Best Street Data in Region together with Awards for those at ‘Gold’ Standard. A downloadable list of the winners is available here.

The Awards were presented by Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council.

Underpinning council work

Good quality address and street data underpin many aspects of local government business; from large transformation projects with the local address and street gazetteers at the heart, saving the authorities millions of pounds; to smaller initiatives which have found clever ways to join up other information, or to use the gazetteers in unusual ways.

Nick Chapallaz, Managing Director of GeoPlace said: “A key focus of the 2018 Exemplar Awards is on those Custodians 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 GeoPlace.  I am pleased to be able to recognise the achievements of these authorities are recognised through the presentations of the Data Quality and Improvement Awards.”

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.

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