Consultation on access to address register data for social science research

We wish to evaluate the use of address list information by academic users. This may include direct use (for example use in mapping) or indirect use (for example, use of an address list as a survey sampling frame).

There have recently been substantial changes to the creation and management of address data in the UK with the amalgamation of the National Land and Property Gazetteer and Ordnance Survey Mastermap Address Layer 2 into a National Address Gazetteer managed by GeoPlace.

GeoPlace is a public sector partnership between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey. The project brought together address data from local government and Royal Mail and Ordnance Survey. The Ordnance Survey data includes high resolution grid references for each address which permit mapping and detailed spatial analysis.

The establishment of the National Address Gazetteer marks an extremely important development in the UK data infrastructure. However, it also presents new challenges for the academic research community in terms of access to national address products.

It is therefore important for ESRC to assess the implications of these changes in address data arrangements, due to the potential costs and impacts for the social science research community.

You are invited to complete our online survey, to assist us in further developing our data infrastructure strategy. Closing date for the consultation is 3 August 2012.

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