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The One Scotland Gazetteer (OSG) is an address dataset that comprises up-to-date data maintained by each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities.
The information comes from local authority functions which are the foundations for all address intelligence - including street naming and numbering, planning, and building standards.
The OSG dates back to 2003 and was created to support the delivery of modern public services in Scotland.
Local gazetteers are collated by the Spatial Information Service at the Improvement Service, where robust quality assurance is carried out. Consequently, the data adheres to nationally agreed conventions and the British standard.
The OSG is freely available to members of the One Scotland Mapping Agreement. It is used throughout the public sector including by the emergency services, ePlanning, myaccount, and the Energy Savings Trust. It also forms the foundation for Ordnance Survey’s AddressBase product suite in Scotland.
The Improvement Service (IS) is the national improvement organisation for local government in Scotland.
Our purpose is to help councils and their partners to improve the health, quality of life and opportunities of all people in Scotland through community leadership, strong local governance and the delivery of high quality, efficient local services.
Through a series of principles, the IS works to promote improvement in local government and among its partners to support them improve outcomes and reduce the outcome gaps within populations and within areas.
The IS delivers a range of products and services that support CPPs to build their capacity to deliver the public service reform agenda.
The IS has a non-partisan role to support all elected members in Scotland.
The Improvement Services produces a series of newsletters on a range of subjects, including myaccount, elected members, tellmescotland as well as the main IS newsletter. Subscribe on this page.