[E]den District Council has been presented with the ‘Best in North West Region’ and a Gold Award in recognition of the management of its address information database.
The Awards were presented at the GeoPlace annual conference and presentation of the Exemplar Awards 2018 which took place last month at Edgbaston Cricket Club in Birmingham. The Awards were presented by Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council.
Improving public services and overcoming the challenges of data sharing is a key focus for councils. The Awards highlight best practice in local authorities using land and property and street information to tie different services from across the council together to give a ‘property level view of services’. Good data is critical in all of this. Without accurate, current and well-maintained data many of these challenges simply won’t be solved.
The Awards highlight Custodians’ roles within their authorities and enable their work to be more widely promoted to all parts of the authority. They allow the many services which currently use address and street data to see that the high standard of the data is externally recognised.
Local councils have a statutory requirement for street naming and numbering and are the source for the millions of address records of every residence and business in the UK. Addresses are invaluable to our economy and our public services. Addresses help make sure that emergency services get to our door as quickly as possible; addresses help confirm our identity; they help us to access products and services and high quality address data is fundamental for this.
The awards are testament to hard work and skill that goes into maintaining a constantly changing dataset.
The Gold Performance Award for Address Data is given to authorities that have consistently reached and maintained the very highest standard in national tests on data excellence, and supply of regular updates to the national hub which manages receipt of address data from all authorities in England and Wales.
In presenting the Award to Debbie Renwick Kerry Pearce, National Address Data Manager said: Eden District Council has achieved the highest standard of address information data management. Achieving this level demonstrates excellence and commitment to a process that brings local and national benefits.”