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Software warning for e-gazetteer plan

Local authorities taking part in a key e-government project have been warned not to use unaccredited software suppliers.

Local authorities taking part in a key e-government project have been warned not to use unaccredited software suppliers.

Plans to create the UK's first national land and property database - a key plank in delivering efficient online services to the public - require councils to create local gazetteers, which will link to the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG).

Suppliers are accredited to the project by Local Government Information House, a subsidiary of the Improvement and Development Agency, but some local authorities have ignored this advice, according to Intelligent Addressing, the supplier overseeing the creation of local gazetteers.

Local gazetteers created by unaccredited suppliers are more likely to be below the standard required to link to the national gazetteer, it claims. Councils will then incur costs to ensure that their address and property data is up to scratch.

"While there are some very good data cleansing companies in the market some of them have alluring, but not accredited, software," said Michael Nicholson, chairman of Intelligent Addressing.

"It is likely to save you trouble in the medium term to use a company that is accredited."

To create a local land and property gazetteer councils must match address data to the national street gazetteer as well as relevant records already in the NLPG.

For more details e-mail steven.brandwood@idea.gov.uk

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