GeoPlace announces winners of 2014 Exemplar Awards

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The GeoPlace Exemplar Awards highlight Custodians' roles within their authorities and enable their work to be more widely promoted. They allow the many services which currently use address and street data to see that the high standard of the data is externally recognised.

Richard Mason, Managing Director of GeoPlace congratulated the winners and said "Good quality address and street data underpin many aspects of local government business, saving the authorities across the country millions of pounds”

GeoPlace has announced the winners of the 2014 Exemplar Awards. The Awards are designed to showcase the innovation and value local authorities deliver in managing and utilising their address and street information.

The winner of The Exemplar Awards 2014 was the Joint Emergency Service Group (Wales) for their collaborative initiative to electronically transfer information between public service organisations using the Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) in each address record as the common identifier. The partners include:

  •     North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
  •     South Wales Fire and Rescue Service
  •     Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
  •     South Wales Police
  •     Dyfed Powys Police
  •     Gwent Police
  •     Welsh Ambulance Services Trust
  •     Newport City Council

The project has enabled sharing of information between partners and has reduced the telephone transfer time on emergencies from over 4 minutes to 16 seconds, and is projected to save over 18,000 hours across the emergency services in Wales. There are plans to extend the project to England as well.

The runner-up was Oxford City Council for their Virtual Deeds Room and Voluntary Registration of Title Projects. Northumberland County Council were highly commended for their project to develop an initiative solution in the way the authority administers its elections function.

Awards were also presented for Data Custodian of the Year and a number of Awards for Data Quality and Improvement. The full list of winners can be seen at http://www.iahub.net/docs/1398856468929.pdf.

As well as local authorities benefitting from this data, over 75% of the public sector organisations across Great Britain are also using it in the form of the AddressBase range of products, made available nationally by Ordnance Survey. Projects include, amongst many others: Tell Us Once; rural payments; flood risk; Beyond Census 2011, Registration of land and title ownership; TV license revenue collections; fraud analysis; school admissions; and passport applications.

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