BS 7666-2:2020 Spatial datasets for geographical referencing. Specification for a land and property gazetteer

BS 7666-2:2020

Spatial datasets for geographical referencing. Specification for a land and property gazetteer

Status : Current   Published : December 2020



What is BS 7666-2:2020 about?

This is the third part of a four-part series of British Standards on spatial datasets for geographical referencing for gazetteers. BS 7666-2:2020 is designed to aid the creation and maintenance of gazetteers of varying scope, from specialist interest in a restricted area to universal coverage for general use.

NB Parts 3 and 4 have been subsumed, so the other parts in the series are:

-      Part 0: General model for gazetteers and spatial referencing

-      Part 1: Specification for a street gazetteer

-      Part 5: Specification for a delivery point gazetteer

Who is BS 7666-2:2020 for?

  • District councils and local government
  • Custodians (creators and maintainers) of gazetteers of street, land and property records
  • Developers of applications using this data

Why should you use BS 7666-2:2020?

This part of BS 7666 specifies the logical data structure for a gazetteer of land and property, consistent with Part 0 of this standard. It’s based on the concept of a basic land and property unit (BLPU), and specifies the data to be recorded and maintained in a gazetteer. It also specifies the way in which the boundary of a BLPU may be represented and linked to the gazetteer. It does not provide a database design or a transfer format.

BS 7666-2:2020 is intended for use by those compiling land and property gazetteers, for a range of purposes including property records and addressing. It enables different users of land and property information to link different land and property identifiers (LPI) via a common unique property reference number (UPRN). A checklist for verification of conformity is given in Annex A.


BS 7666-2:2020 contributes to UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by enabling consistent and definitive street, land and property records.  


What’s new about BS 7666-2:2020?

This is a revision of BS 7666-2:2006 with the following changes:

a)       A revised data model, resulting in new diagrams and changes to tables

b)      Clarification of parts of the text

c)       Editorial changes

d)      A new annex detailing the changes made

Standard NumberBS 7666-2:2020
TitleSpatial datasets for geographical referencing. Specification for a land and property gazetteer
Publication Date17 December 2020
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS 7666-0, BS ISO 8601 (all parts), BS 7666-1
Informative References(Provided for Information)No other standards are informatively referenced
ReplacesBS 7666-2:2006
Draft Superseded By20/30412449 DC
DescriptorsCharts, Data layout, Dictionaries, United Kingdom, Geographic and political divisions, Data, Reference point determination, Land, Maps, Buildings, Geography
ISBN978 0 539 12890 1
File Size2.98 MB

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