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South Norfolk Council recognised for excellence in street data information management

For the second year running, South Norfolk Council has won the GeoPlace Award for ‘Best address data in the East of England Region’ and for the fourth year running the ‘Gold Performance Award’. These accolades recognise the Council’s outstanding management of the address information database.

The Award was announced at a special webinar celebrating the achievements of local authority Address and Street Data Custodians, which took place instead of GeoPlace’s usual annual conference on 29 April 2020.

Cabinet Member Keith Kiddie said: “This is a fantastic achievement for our staff and a testament to the hard work and skill that goes into maintaining a constantly changing dataset.”

Each year, GeoPlace’s Exemplar Awards highlight best practice and excellent examples of this data management by individual local authorities.

Dedication and coordination are needed to curate the data that drives the nation’s addressing infrastructure. Without this data, and the work of Street and Address Custodians, our nation’s most essential services could not operate effectively or efficiently.

High quality addressing has never been more important. Coronavirus is imposing massive demands on the public sector, but accurate addressing enables the prompt provision of support for vulnerable people, enabling social services to see which households need help.

By using addressing – and the Unique Property Reference Number in particular – high quality, granular data from different sources is easily connected, while still respecting information governance. Personal details are protected. Addresses from local authorities are key to making this possible, and the data quality is imperative.

This is why the Award is so important. It is recognition of the hard work and skill that goes into maintaining a constantly changing dataset – delivering tangible results directly back into the community. The Award puts a spotlight on services using the data, further helping to promote the importance of Custodians’ work.

In announcing the Award, Kerry Pearce, National Address Data Manager said “South Norfolk Council has achieved the highest standard of address information data management in the East of England region which deserves recognition on a national stage. Achieving this level demonstrates excellence and commitment to a process that brings local and national benefits.”