Independent report

An open national address gazetteer

Independent report for government on the feasibility of an open address gazetteer.



There have been long standing calls for the government to treat address data as a national asset that is free to use and re-use. People argue that the wider economic and social benefits are likely to far outweigh the costs, while recognising that there are quality, maintenance, commercial, legal and financial issues to be resolved.

This review analyses current products and considers user requirements and options for open addresses. It is based on open data principles that public information should be accessible and freely available to the widest number of government and non-government organisations. It looks at current address products and market structures. The review also considers the potential for efficiencies and cost savings in current practice.

The call for comments deadline was 14 March 2014.