Cadcorp reveals new application for simplifying access to UK National Address Gazetteer data

AddressBase™ Loader to support leading spatial database products

Albert Hall, Nottingham, 3rd November, 2011 – For the first time the UK now has a single definitive national address and street database: the National Address Gazetteer. The release of the new database is being celebrated at the ‘Everything Happens Somewhere 2011’ conference and exhibition, where Cadcorp is announcing an important new product. The Cadcorp AddressBase Loader is set to simplify access to UK address data by automating many of the processes involved in accessing it.

Stephen Cox, application development manager at Cadcorp, explained the part played by the AddressBase Loader. “All National Address Gazetteer data is supplied by Ordnance Survey as a range of data products.  These products typically have to be loaded into a database before they can be used. Although detailed database schema are provided, the task of implementing these and populating databases, is left to the user. The Cadcorp AddressBase Loader uses a wizard-driven interface to make this task simple and straightforward.  It reads all three AddressBase data products as zipped CSV files and is able to load the data into predefined schema in the following widely-used database products: Microsoft®  Office Access, Microsoft® SQL Server®, PostGIS®, and Oracle®.”

For many addressing applications it will be enough that the address data is held in a database. However, for GIS and web mapping systems to take advantage of the location information associated with an address, it is usually necessary to represent the address as a point feature in the GIS or spatial-enabled database. The Cadcorp AddressBase Loader provides this behaviour automatically. It is able to do so by exploiting the ability of Oracle, PostGIS and Microsoft SQL Server to handle spatial data. The loader creates the necessary geometry fields in the database schema, and populates these fields as part of the data loading process.

Cadcorp hasn’t designed the application to support only Cadcorp SIS users, as Mike O’Neil CEO, Cadcorp points out.  “The theme for the conference at which we have chosen to announce this product is ‘Working together across the public sector’.  We have always taken the view that different technologies should coexist in support of cooperative working and spatial data sharing. With this in mind, we have created the Cadcorp AddressBase Loader as a free-standing application. We would be delighted to see the application being widely deployed in the public sector, irrespective of the systems and technologies it is being used to support.”


About Cadcorp

Cadcorp® is a UK based developer and supplier of industry leading GIS and web mapping software. From its headquarters in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, Cadcorp's sales, support, distribution and partner network stretches worldwide.

Cadcorp SIS® - Spatial Information System® software suite – is an integrated family of standalone, web, developer and mobile GIS products. Our cost-effective products help organisations in the public and private sectors maximise their investment in geographic information by making it easier to share spatial data between people and between systems.

As a long-standing technical member of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc® (OGC), Cadcorp has been at the forefront of the application of open technologies and standards-based products. Cadcorp is an ISO9001:2008 and ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certified company and an Oracle® Partner. In the UK, Cadcorp is an Ordnance Survey® Developer Partner; Northern Ireland Land & Property Services® (LPS) Licenced Partner; corporate member of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) and a corporate member of the British Cartographic Society (BCS).

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About the National Address Gazetteer

The National Address Gazetteer is a new source of gazetteer data being created by the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey, who have formed a joint venture called GeoPlace for the ongoing maintenance of a single definitive national address and street database.

It blends three existing datasets – local government’s address and street gazetteers: the NLPG (National Land and Property Gazetteer) and the NSG (National Street Gazetteer), along with Ordnance Survey’s OS MasterMap® Address Layer 2.

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