We all know about the importance of ‘location, location, location' when it comes to buying and selling property. But did you know that local authorities are responsible for creating the street names and addresses that signify where a location actually is?
Today, Wednesday 18th November, 46 local authorities across England and Wales are taking part in ‘Gazetteers@GIS Day’, an initiative that highlights the importance of location and how location information is created by councils.
Through a range of activities such as manning stands, running quizzes, demonstrations and presentations and even giving out chocolates, local authority Address and Street Custodians will show the importance of the information that they maintain on behalf of their council.
Local Address and Street data is an essential part of the AddressBase products available from Ordnance Survey and used widely by the public and private sectors to underpin a range of activities. For example, the data:
GeoPlace works with every council in England and Wales to build and maintain the National Address Gazetteer and the National Street Gazetteer, which includes the Address and Street data from every authority.
As part of the celebrations for Gazetteers@GIS Day, GeoPlace has made available a toolkit to help local authority Address and Street Custodians promote the day and ‘start the conversation’ about the importance of location and value of within their authority.
GeoPlace is a public sector limited liability partnership between the Local Government Association (LGA) and Ordnance Survey. GeoPlace was set up in 2011 by government in recognition of the national value of address and street data and works in collaboration with its partners in local government and Ordnance Survey. GeoPlace is responsible for compiling and maintaining the National Address Gazetteer infrastructure and the National Street Gazetteer (NSG). Ordnance Survey develops the range of AddressBase products from the National Address Gazetteer.
National Address Gazetteer
The National Address Gazetteer infrastructure, managed by GeoPlace, is the data storage and set of processes bringing together the existing local authority sourced addressing datasets together with Ordnance Survey, Valuation Office Agency and Royal Mail data. Through agreement between Ordnance Survey and Scotland’s Improvement Service, working on behalf of Scottish Local Government, the National Address Gazetteer includes Scottish address data.
The National Address Gazetteer is the single source from which the AddressBase products are developed.
GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. http://www.gisday.com/
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