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GeoPlace has announced the winners of the 2016 Exemplar Awards which were presented at the 11th annual GeoPlace conference and exhibition at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London on 28th April 2016.

The Exemplar Award is awarded to the best example or demonstration of local address and/or street datasets providing quantifiable benefit to the citizen/authority/region/nation.

This year’s winner is Leeds City Council for its project to use local address data to verify population estimates.  By using accurate data on the number of residential units, where they are located, and which ones are vacant, a far more accurate population estimate is able to be calculated at any period of time.

Using the address data to provide a more accurate population estimate has ensured that the council has access to the most geographically accurate data available reflecting localised changes, to enable them to account more efficiently for current and future service provision such as school places, social service provision and housing needs; and could be used more widely in government to predict localised demand for health services such as GPs and Dentists.

The winner of the Peer Award is David Lloyd from Huntingdonshire District Council.  Nominated by their fellow Authority Address and/or Street colleagues in England and Wales, this Award aims to reward contribution to the community, and/or achievement within an authority.

David is an expert on addresses and has been at the forefront of address innovation and integration at Huntingdonshire for many years. He has guided the work of technical working groups, been vice chair and now chair of the East of England regional group for addresses.  He has always been very accessible to Custodians, providing advice and guidance to those who are new to the challenges of address management. David regularly runs specialist events such as demonstrations of software modules, for other authority colleagues. 

David has been a tireless advocate for the integration of the LLPG into other council systems.   The number of awards of winner, runner up and highly commended show just how much effort he and his small team have put into making their LLPG a key part of their council's processes.  David is an outstanding example of 'best practice' and is a very worthy winner of the Peer Award.

A key focus of the 2016 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 the GeoPlace hubs.  These authorities are recognised within the Data Quality and Improvement Awards.

South Ribble Borough Council and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council were announced as winners of the Most Improved Address Data and Most Improved Street Data 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 full list of winners can be seen here.

Photographs of the winners can be seen at

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