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Connecting People to Places


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GeoPlace’s annual conference takes place on 10 and 11 May under the theme ‘Connecting People to Places’. 

The role of location data cannot be overvalued in the fabric of our everyday lives. Every service provider needs to make a connection between people and places, whether that’s powering a morning shower, connecting to superfast broadband and 5G, voting, or paying council tax.

Lighting the highways, repairing potholes and having bins collected, supporting vulnerable people (particularly important as the pandemic settles but has not ceased to be a concern), getting shopping delivered, getting a mortgage or securing a lease, and insuring a home - all of these can be made more effective through the correct use of location data.

And it is address and street data, with their associated Unique Property Reference Numbers (UPRNs) and Unique Street Reference Numbers (USRNs), that are the magic ingredients connecting these services to people to places.

Key themes

The conference will deliver answers to key questions, and highlight how we might learn from each other – using cross-sector knowledge to make advances, society-wide.

For example, energy – its distribution and cost – is in the news. Speakers will be looking at the impact of joined up systems behind the scenes, making it possible to ensure the most vulnerable in society get the support they need: a warm home, a safe home, and for everyone the chance to move home with the minimum of disruption to life.

Day One will focus on such key themes: Warmer, more sustainable homes; stronger British infrastructure; improving the property chain; and safer, more secure buildings.

Day Two's focus is on local authority data and its custodians, but anyone interested in data management is more than welcome to join and explore: Your data, supporting local public services; From planning to maintenance to demolition, the lifecycle of address and street data; Using UPRNs and USRNs to integrate the data in your authority; and the year ahead.

This free-to-attend event will take place online and features 38 speakers across the two days, including representatives Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Adur & Worthing Councils, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Ordnance Survey on behalf of Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the Geospatial Commission, HM Land Registry, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Local Government Association, Conwy County Borough Council, Walsall Council, the fire service and industry champions such as Zoopla and Nationwide.

For further information on the agenda and speakers please visit the conference website or register to attend here.

For further information or questions contact [email protected]

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