Data Co-operation Agreement
The Data Co-operation Agreement issued by GeoPlace™ LLP to all District, County and Unitary councils in England and Wales, provides for a legally binding agreement between the parties to support the creation and maintenance of GeoPlace Databases (particularly related to address and street information for England and Wales and address information for Scotland through separate agreements).
With an Effective Date of 1st April 2012, it replaces similar arrangements between all councils and the Local Government Information House (LGIH - a subsidiary of the LGA) which have been in place since 2005 (the Mapping Services Agreement (MSA)) expired on the 31st March 2012.
The Agreement underpins a recognition by government of the substantial social and economic benefits that core reference geography brings and forms part of the framework put in place by Government to enable access by the whole of the public sector to definitive spatial information through the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA). The Agreement also recognises the role of councils in the creation and source of particular spatial information.