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April 2014 Newsletter
Welcome to the April 2014 edition of the PSMA newsletter. Topics covered in this issue include:
  • PSMA Annual Conference 2014
  • PSMA Methodology Paper 2014 winners
  • Postcode Address File (PAF®) Public Sector Licence
  • Public sector licensing guide
  • Addressing product withdrawal
  • OS MasterMap® building height release
  • Boundary-Line product changes
  • Event resources
PSMA Annual Conference 2014
Public Sector Licensing Guide   Thank you to all our members who attended our first PSMA Annual Conference on Tuesday 18 March at Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Conference Centre, London.

Over 140 delegates attended the day, which was a well-received PSMA event with over 85% of delegates rating the conference presentations as very good and excellent.

If you were unable to attend or would like to view the presentations again, they are now available on in the members’ area.
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PSMA Methodology Paper 2014 winners
GB Datasets   Congratulations to all our winners of the PSMA Methodology Paper awards, which were launched this year. We were delighted at the response we had from our members.

To view the methodology papers and the winners, please click here.
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PAF Public Sector Licence (PAF PSL)
AddressBase Locator update - letterbox image   The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on behalf of the public sector in England and Wales, has signed a centrally-funded agreement with Royal Mail’s Address Management Unit (AMU) for the use of PAF for the next three years.

Click here for more information
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Over 75% of public sector organisations are now licensing AddressBase®
Case studies - Fire engine  

Over 75% of the public sector are now licensing the AddressBase product family. From the start of the GeoPlace® partnership to the release of the AddressBase products, and the inclusion of Scottish addressing data, the development of the national address gazetteer is having a positive impact on enabling public sector organisations to deliver better and more efficient services.

AddressBase is the result of a huge amount of work and dedication from local government Address Authority Custodians, Royal Mail, and other organisations in realising the Government’s goal of having a single, comprehensive and definitive address dataset for the whole of the public sector.

Read more here

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Public sector licensing guide
Public Sector Licensing Guide   Following feedback from members, Ordnance Survey and the PSMA User Representatives Group are pleased to release the live version of our public sector licensing guide, which is now available for all public sector members to use.

The objective of the licensing guide is to help inform users about what the Member Licence allows you to do to support your core business needs, as well as help to answer many of the other licensing queries you may have.

Click here to visit the licensing guidance
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Important product withdrawal announcement
Case studies - Fire engine   The government remains committed to the need for a single, comprehensive and definitive address dataset that includes the Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) through the use of the AddressBase products. Therefore, and as previously advised on 25 May 2012, the legacy addressing products (that is,
ADDRESS-POINT®, OS MasterMap Address Layer, OS MasterMap Address Layer 2 and the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) product) are all being withdrawn from the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) on 31 October 2014.

Find out more
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Alpha release of OS MasterMap Topography Layer – Building Height Attribute
Case studies - Fire engine   The alpha release of OS MasterMap Topography Layer – Building Height Attribute; a set of additional attributes that enhances and forms part of OS MasterMap Topography Layer is now available.

Click here for more details
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Boundary-Line product changes
Case studies - Fire engine   To enable us to be more efficient in our delivery to you and to allow us to streamline our processes, we need to notify you of some changes to the formats that Boundary-Line is available in that may affect some members.

Click here for further details
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Event resources
PSMA Conference update   Just in case you are not aware, we have a library of all the presentations used at public sector events for your information and reference.

Please click here
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BlueLight Camp – using data to drive change for critical communications?
PSMA User Representatives Group   Have you experienced data challenges within the emergency services? Or have innovative ideas and suggestions for sharing data for critical communications? In association with British APCO, the Hampshire Hub and Ordnance Survey, the next BlueLight hack event is happening on 10 to 11 May 2014 at Ordnance Survey head office, Southampton. We would welcome your input to this unconference and hackathon; for full details visit here.
PSMA helpdesk

The PSMA helpdesk is there to help you with any queries you may have and can be contacted via email:, or telephone: 08453 757 595.
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