Government initiative for national addressing

In recognition of the substantial social and economic benefits that a single definitive national spatial address register would bring the government has announced it will bring together address information from Ordnance Survey and local authorities to create a ‘national address gazetteer database’, providing one definitive source of accurate publicly-owned spatial address data, for the whole of the public sector.

To deliver this, Ordnance Survey and the Local Government Group have entered into a joint venture partnership, ‘GeoPlace’ from which spatial address products will be created. Subject to approval from the Office of Fair Trading, it will combine local government’s address and streets gazetteers, the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) and the National Street Gazetteer (NSG) with Ordnance Survey’s OS MasterMap® Address Layer 2.

The new products will bring together the currency and consistency of existing address products and allow organisations to readily exchange address information with each other, streamline government services, reduce duplication and facilitate partnership working. This will deliver significant efficiency savings and improvements for both the public and commercial sectors.

The parties are working closely to define detailed requirements and specifications and to put in place the necessary technical infrastructure to create and maintain the national address gazetteer database. These requirements include features such as local government’s Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN), Ordnance Survey’s TOID® (unique identifier) and Royal Mail’s® Postcode Address File (PAF®).

The products created from the national address gazetteer database will be made available free at the point of use for all public sector bodies under the centrally funded Public Sector Mapping Agreement. Commercial customers will be able to license it in the same way as they do for the Ordnance Survey and NLPG products that they currently use.

The national address gazetteer database will have been created by April 2011, allowing customer engagement prior to product release between July and September 2011.

The Warwickshire Observatory use the NLPG and AddressPoint for a wide range of projects and are looking forward to an improved dataset, particulalrly around business addresses where the existing products have traditionally been quite weak.  The NAG will be one more feather in the cap of the PSMA, which will transform the way spatial information is used across the public sector, allowing access to more partners to data which is free at the point of use.

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