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Geoplace: Everything Happens Somewhere 2017
11/05/2017 - 11/05/2017

Leeds United Football Club
Elland Road
LS11 0ES Leeds
United Kingdom
0207 630 4600
About Geoplace: Everything Happens Somewhere 2017

Now in its 12th year, GeoPlace's annual conference and exhibition takes place at Elland Road, home to Leeds United Football Club. #geoplace2017

"Situated in the middle of the United Kingdom, with a diverse population of 751,500, Leeds is the third largest and one of the fastest growing, greenest cities in the UK.  A thriving economy boasting strengths in financial services, legal, manufacturing, health and retail, Leeds has excellent road, rail and air links, providing a gateway for tourist and business visitors to the region." Leeds City Council.

Conference theme - Using data better

GeoPlace’s 2017 conference focuses on helping councils do more with their data.

At the last GeoPlace annual conference, the Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, previous Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster said: "Addresses are invaluable to our economy and our public services."

We know this is true, and this year’s conference will provide the evidence on how address and street data helps with decision making about service delivery, targeting scarce resources at areas of greatest need and predicting and preventing social problems.

Throughout the day, there will be a mix of keynote presentations, workshops, focussed streams, and roundtables as well as the launch of the Development Fund, the presentation of the Data Quality & Improvement Awards, a suppliers’ exhibition together with social events and plenty of opportunities to talk to colleagues from councils across the country.


Running alongside the conference will be an exhibition showcasing suppliers with products and services available to local street and address authorities which can be utilised by your gazetteers.  A great opportunity to get new ideas!

For more information on exhibiting, and what you get for your money, see here.

Target audience

The "Everything Happens Somewhere" conference is free to attend for its core target audience of address, street and geographic information experts in the UK.

It is this type of geographic information that is increasingly being used by councils to facilitate data analytics and generate strategic insights with the view to targeting resources more efficiently and aiding service transformation. The conference programme will feature examples of this, together with a major announcement of a new ‘Development Fund', so we also expect to attract Business Intelligence and Analytics Officers, Policy and Research Officers and Chief Information Officers.

See here for the attendees from the 2016 event.

Social events

As usual, GeoPlace will provide the opportunity for delegates to come together in a more informal setting the night before the conference and directly following the conference.

Exemplar Awards

The event also gives us the opportunity to celebrate excellence in address and street information enabled service delivery across local government.

An important part of the day is the presentation of Awards for Data Quality and Performance for authorities at Gold level, as well as Best in Region and Most Improved.

On-site support and training

GeoPlace support sessions will take place throughout the day in the Data Zone within the exhibition room including:

  • Resyncs and CoUs
  • Data linking
  • Helpdesk
  • Data clinic
  • GIS @ GeoPlace
  • Bookable slots for 1-2-1 sessions
  • Meet and greet with JAG(UK)


Recognising the importance of the content, the AGI and Royal Geographical Society have both accredited the conference with 4 and 5 CPD points respectively.

Why you should come along

This is your conference. Its purpose is to discuss the issues that matter to you. The event aims to provide you with the tools to help you make the case for resourcing your role and understand why addressing and street information is so fundamental to an authority's business.

  • the event focuses on facilitating knowledge transfer, promoting best practice and includes a number of practical sessions providing support and training
  • the conference provides a national forum for colleagues to come together from across the whole of Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands
  • meet and network with colleagues from other authorities working on the gazetteers and from the Joint Authority Group (UK) (JAG (UK))
  • gain new ideas; explore new ways of working to take back to your authority
  • hear first-hand about developments in local street and address datasets and how they are being used nationally
  • listen and participate in round table discussion groups on topics relevant to all those who work with the gazetteers
  • see whether you have won an Exemplar Award for 2016 for Data Quality and Improvement
  • look around the software and services offered by the suppliers at the exhibition
  • meet the Regional Chairs from across England and Wales, as well as hear from the Principal Chairs (Chairs of the Regional Groups)
  • many members of the GeoPlace team will be at the event, ready to meet you and answer your questions and discuss any data issues you may have on a one-to-one basis with the GeoPlace Helpdesk
  • go back to your authority with a clear idea on the targets for improvement
  • collect CPD points – the AGI and Royal Geographical Society have both accredited the conference with 4 and 5 CPD points respectively.


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