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Cabinet Office adopts property data description standard

The government is to adopt a British standard for the description of property in online public sector IT projects.

The government is to adopt a British standard for the description of property in online public sector IT projects.

Paul Donovan

The Cabinet Office has agreed to include BS7666 in its e-Government Interoperability Framework, following pressure from the Society of IT Management (Socitm).

Last month, the Cabinet Office issued a second version of its framework for consultation but it did not include BS7666. However, a Cabinet Office spokesperson has told computerweekly.com that the standard will now be adopted.

Socitm, which represents public sector IT managers, insists that BS7666 is important for interoperability.

"If the BS7666 is adopted addresses can be matched exactly. It is an important enabler for e-government where much of the information being transferred around relates to addresses," said a Socitm spokesperson. "Computer systems will match 60% of addresses which could be enhanced to 90% accuracy but BS7666 demands exact matching."

BS7666 specifies how data should be recorded in four areas: streets, land and property, addresses and public rights of way.

Socitm has also complained that it was not given enough time to consider the second version of the interoperability framework. The government had committed itself to giving organisations 40 days to respond to its draft but the society said it only received notice of the second version on 23 February with a closing date for public consultation of 7 March.

A Cabinet Office spokesperson responded that the framework was subject to constant consultation and if an issue was not picked up in one revision it was likely to be dealt with in the next.

This was first published in March 2001

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