Government enterprise praises use of data standard by Local Digital product

1 Dec 2015, 10:12 am

iStock_Leeds_Map_-ilbuscaA company partly owned by the Government that oversees the country’s address data has praised the use of British Standard BS7666 by Local Digital in one of its recently-launched products.

British Standard BS7666 from UK national certification body the British Standards Institute underpins Local Digital’s Local Waste Service Standards project by providing a common way to refer to a location in identifying and referencing land, streets and property.

GeoPlace, a public sector limited liability partnership between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey has welcomed Local Digital’s use of BS6777 (read more about BS7666).

The aim of the Local Waste Service Standards is to prevent inefficiency and ‘avoidable costs’ in councils’ waste collection services by enabling the free use of technical and data standards developed under the initiative. In this way, data can be passed around councils’ and partners’ systems in a single, consistent format without the need to explain or re-format anything. If adopted nationally, the standards could save an estimated £600 million over seven years.

The importance of the BS7666 to offer a common way to refer to location within the Standards is recognised in the project’s freely available financial model and business case.

Linda O’Halloran, Head of Products, Local Digital Programme at Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said “Using standards such as BS7666 allows information to run smoothly through the service leading to improvements in performance and better customer service which results in savings to the council and happier residents”.

Location standard BS6777 has also been incorporated in the Multi-Agency Incident Transfer (MAIT) schema to share information about location across and between organisations including emergency services (read more).

All local authorities maintain indexed databases of addresses and streets, which have been built on the BS7666 Standard – the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) and the Local Street Gazetteer (LSG). The Gazetteers are built and maintained by GeoPlace.


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