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Geographic policy

Our policy provides a geographic referencing framework to enable the production of accurate and consistent statistics. It:

  • provides a single definitive source of geographic information (GI) and metadata

  • provides advice and best practice guidance on using GI data, and geographic information system (GIS) tools and software to reference, analyse, and present statistics

  • leads on initiatives across the government statistical service (GSS), central government and beyond, to harmonise the use of GI in the production of statistics

  • Best practice guidance

    Information on a standard approach to the use of geography in statistics.

  • Gridlink®

    The brand name for a harmonised method of allocating unit postcodes to geographic areas.

  • Open Geography

    Open Geography is a framework that provides the definitive source of geographic products, tools and services.

  • Coding and naming for statistical geographies

    We went live with 9 character codes on 1 January 2011, although we had been using the new codes in parallel with the old codes since 1 January 2010. We stopped supporting the old codes at the end of 2013.

  • Best-fit policy

    Information on how the best-fit policy was created and implemented.

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