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Dacorum Borough Council has won the Geoplace Data Quality and Improvement Award 2018.

Geoplace is a partnership between the Local Government Association (LGA) and Ordnance Survey that maintains a national address and street information– the National Address Gazetteer Database.

The Legal Governance Department at Dacorum Borough Council have now successfully mapped over 85,000 properties in the Borough. It has created a database of address information that includes a geographic location for each property in Dacorum. This will provide one definitive source of accurate publicly-owned spatial address data that can be used to improve service delivery across the private and public sector.

The team have taken Dacorum from Geoplace's 'Below National Standard' rating in April 2017 to achieving the Gold Standard in January 2018 – surpassing the Council's target to achieve the Bronze level by April 2018.

Mark Brookes, Solicitor to the Council at Dacorum Borough Council, said, "This award has been achieved thanks to the extremely hard work carried out by the team over the past year and in particular our Geographic Information System Officer, Jayne Smith. It reflects the dedication our organisation has to data quality, innovation and improvement."

Nick Chapallaz, Managing Director of GeoPlace said: "A key focus of the 2018 Exemplar Awards is on those Custodians who have invested time in creating and continually improving their processes and who have made and achieved a real commitment to improving both the accuracy and quality of the data submitted to GeoPlace. I am pleased to be able to recognise the achievements of these authorities are recognised through the presentations of the Data Quality and Improvement Awards."

Dacorum Borough Council will now be working towards identifying 100% of properties and mapping them with a Unique Property Reference Number.

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