UPRN identifiers

ODUG developing business case

This data request has been included in the work ODUG is undertaking on a National Address Dataset. For further information, please see http://data.gov.uk/blog/national-address-dataset-benefits

Data request description: 
UPRN data identifies individual properties and is essential for the delivery and creation of services and applications from both within and outside the public sector that rely on locating premises
The data is available but the licensing terms are too restrictive
Suggested use: 
Business Use
Personal Use
Community Work
Open Data Manchester represents a broad range of people, from public sector officials through to individual developers and activists that see the value in the release of key datasets, to allow data reuse enabling the creation of new and innovative ways to understand, participate and navigate through today's society
Benefits overview: 
Making the UPRN data freely available will allow the creation of new range of low cost location based services that were previously denied access to the UPRN data.


National Land and Property Gazetteer

On the basis that the UPRN is of little utility without the associated address data, I think this request is equivalent to calling for the open data release of the National Land and Property Gazetteer itself. If so I would certainly support that.

The NLPG covers only England and Wales. The approach I would personally most favour would be release of the NLPG packaged with equivalent data from the One Scotland Gazetteer, plus Royal Mail's Postcode Address File (PAF). (That all sounds a lot like Ordnance Survey's AddressBase product to me.)

-- Owen Boswarva, 09/10/2012

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Owen Boswarva is right, for the UPRN to be useful it needs to be associated with address data, and ideally, a location and a classification. This begins to sound like a request for a single definitive National Address Gazetteer which includes postal addresses and postcodes from PAF.

The nearest current product is AddressBase which is created and maintained by GeoPlace and sold to the private sector, more acurately the non-government sector, including, for example, not for profit Housing Associations, by Ordnance Survey. The public sector does have access to this data, free at the point of use, under the PSMA (Public Sector Mapping Agreement) everyone else has to pay.

The Open Data White Paper raises questions about such a gazeetteer.

In order to make the case we need as many requests as possible with reasons for the request and an estimate of the value (in cash, or cash equivalent, terms) to potential users of this data as well as the current impediments and an idea of what beneficial use is being prevented. This evidence is going to be crucial to help get this data released.

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