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PSMA – More than a Mapping Agreement

It’s hard to say this without it sounding slightly tongue in cheek, but these are exciting times in the world of public sector addressing.

The reason being the introduction, this month, of the new Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA), which is nothing short of a revolution in the way geographic and addressing data is being licensed across the public sector.

Before 1st April 2011, use of these datasets has been stifled by the complex and incompatible range of licences that made it quite hard for different organisations to access and exchange the data. By replacing these multiple agreements with a single, all-encompassing licence, local and central government, the NHS, Educational Trusts and even Parish Councils can now use information freely.

Creation of Geoplace

From an addressing perspective, most exciting of all is the creation of a new organisation, called Geoplace, which is a joint venture of Ordnance Survey (OS) and the Local Government Group. By consolidating data from the OS, National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) and Postcode Address File (PAF®) into the National Address Gazetteer (NAG), Geoplace aims to create a definitive address database for the UK.

Further information about the PSMA is available from Communities and Local Government website, and Postcode Anywhere is sponsoring an event for IT vendors and public sector managers at Intellect.