Gazetteer Best Practice Day Hailed as a Success

Old Woking, Surrey 5th November 2009  On Thursday 22nd October, at the offices of Cardiff Council, 40 delegates representing more than 20 organisations from across the public sector came together for the inaugural Aligned Assets sponsored Gazetteer Best Practice Day.

They were treated to eight presentations covering a wide range of topics on all things related to BS7666 gazetteers from using web services to increase efficiency, through to issues surrounding Welsh/English bilingualism.  There was even a last minute presentation about the FiReControl project after the intended speaker on street gazetteers fell victim to swine flu.Commercial Director at Aligned Assets, Phil Gee, who acted as compare for the day explained that, “Through working with so many different organisations, it is apparent how many different ways there are of achieving very similar tasks.  We organised this Gazetteer Best Practice Day as a way to get these organisations together to share these experiences.”

One of those who gave a presentation was Andrew Andilly, Business Analyst at Barnsley Metropolitan Council.  Speaking after the event he said, “With the need for local government to increase efficiency and reduce cost, events like this give the opportunity to share best practise and show that with the right support and planning we can achieve our target.”

The event was such a resounding success that another one is planned for early 2010 in London.  Anyone who would like to attend or have a story about best practice that they would like to present is encouraged to email or visit


Aligned Assets are an industry leader in gazetteer software solutions.  They supply over 90 Local Authorities as well as the FiReControl Project, the British Transport Police and Transport for London.  In addition to providing GIS and address management software they can offer a complete range of consultancy, training, bespoke solutions and project management.

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