Scottish SASPAC update (Sept’14)

12/09/2014

The SASPAC team have integrated the latest Scottish Census Release 3G and H tables into the application and these are now available to. Users will need to download the latest System files and update their version of the application to access these new tables. Details on how to update the software can be found here.

Release 3G and H were published on 23 July and 13 August:

  • Release 3G: 12 Detailed Characteristic and 8 Local Characteristic tables (published on 23/7/14); tables relate to Labour Market and Education.
  • Release 3H: 12 Detailed Characteristic and 12 Local Characteristic tables (published on 13/8/14); tables relate to Labour Market and Transport.

A list of all the Census tables and geographies currently available can be found here (.xls) If you have any query queries or issues applying this update please do not hesitate to contact the helpdesk.

 

 


SASPAC Training – OD Flow data

03/09/2014

The SASPAC team have developed a new training course to support users’ access to the Origin/Destination flow data that has begun to be released by the Census Offices. This dataset includes details of usual residents:

  • Travel to Work (or study in Scotland)
  • Migration
  • Second Residences
  • Student migration

SASPAC provides users with the tools to access, manipulate and analyse this complex dataset. The course is designed for current users of the software interested in using the application to understand the flow data – a course outline can be seen here. The first course is scheduled for Wednesday 17th September at City Hall and more dates can be found on our booking page.

NB: In order register on this course you must have been on the Introduction to SASPAC course or be a long-time user of the software.

The first set of Public Flow data tables were released at the end of July and further releases (Safeguarded & Secure) are scheduled for the end of September and then again in November. All of these tables will be accessible through SASPAC either on users’ desktops (following the completion of the necessary licence) or the Census Offices physical sites via the Virtual Microdata Laboratory (VML).

Please contact info@saspac.org if you are interested in securing a place. We will allocate places on a first-come-first-served basis.

 


ONS corrections

22/08/2014

2011 Census: Workday Population Statistics for Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOAs) and Output Areas in England and Wales (Part 2)

A production error was discovered in table WD1101EW. The workday populations for eight Output Areas were incorrect – with some cells containing inconsistent counts for age or sex categories that did not sum to the total population. The eight Output Areas affected were: E00015045, E00023289, E00049002, E00159643, E00172150, E00170915, E00172167, E00174876 (across LB of Kingston and Wandsworth, Warwick, and Coventry) . Correcting the figures for these areas has resulted in changes to the figures for five Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOAs).

The SASPAC team have corrected these System files and updated the Workday tables for MSOAs in England and OA in West Midlands and London. The new System files may be downloaded from here.


Interested in Census training in Scotland?

18/08/2014

We have recently received requests from users to run another SASPAC/Census training course in Scotland. If you are interested in making the most from the 2011 Census and would like to attend, please contact the
helpdesk on info@saspac.org.IT-training

With the NRS now publishing data on a regular basis, SASPAC is an invaluable tool to help identify and download exactly the Census variables you need for your chosen geographies.

For more details on what you’ll cover on our course visit our training pages.


Census Flow data update

13/08/2014

ONS have recently announced further details on how to access the 2011 Origin-Destination (OD) datasets. The safeguarded tables are now expected to be released via the UK Data Service available in September. To support this, SASPAC have been working with ONS to make these tables available to download from the UK Data Service in a SASPAC format (.SYS). This means users will be able to: download the data from the UKDS, a software update from www.saspac.org and access these tables on their desktops. To prepare for the data, we would recommend registering for the UKDS now (open to academic/public sector users) and then signing up to the additional safeguarded t&cs when the data is published.

The SASPAC team have been working on the integrating the OD Public tables recently published. However, having raised some potential issues in the data with ONS, some corrected data was released yesterday (12/8/14) but there are still some outstanding issues – once we are confident in these datasets we will release these to our users.

A reminder that these public, safeguarded and secure OD data releases are just the priority tables and a lot more are due to be published in November/December this year.

 


NEW training videos!

31/07/2014

Please take some time to view our video training page; the videos available are great step-by-step guides of how to carry out common tasks.

There are currently videos available with the most recent videos added being modules 4a & 4b, these modules show:

Module 4a – Demonstrates how to create new zones – By individual area selection.
Module 4b – Demonstrates how to create new zones – By reference to a gazetteer.

Please take a look and keep an eye out for more videos becoming available soon!

Classroom


SASPAC & Census flow data

24/07/2014

The Data

The Census Offices are preparing to begin publishing the 2011 Census flow data, these tables will include 4 datasets:

  1. Special Workplace statistics (SWS) – travel from usual residence to workplace (or place of study in Scotland)
  2. Special Migration statistics (SMS) – address 1 year prior to census day
  3. Special Student statistics (SSS) – student migration
  4. Special Residence statistics (SRS) – location of second residence

For all 4 datasets a set of England & Welsh and UK tables will exist.

How will I be able to access the data?

ONS have developed 3 levels of licence to access the data:

Public: openly available anyone and accessible to SASPAC users like any other Census data. These will include a small number of simple tables published for large geographic areas such as local authorities/MSOAs.

Safeguarded: available to researchers under a separate licence agreement. SASPAC are currently working closely with ONS and the UK Data Service to enable these tables to be available to our users on the day of publication (at this stage it is expected that the Safeguarded data will require users to agree to individual terms and conditions which will allow them to download the data in a SASPAC format. Data will then be accessible like any other dataset in SASPAC on their desktop).

These are slightly more detailed tables for larger geographies or simple tables for smaller geographies such as OA/WPZ/ward.

Secure: accessible via the ONS Virtual Microdata Laboratory (VML) held at Titchfield, Southampton. These will include the most detailed cross tabulations, available for the smallest Census geographies and data will only be released to users following ONS approval. SASPAC will be available to access these tables in the VML.

A new VML is currently under development by ONS and expected to be available at other sites across the E&W towards the end of the year.

When will the data be published?

Public tables: 25 July – 9 for E&W (3 SWS/6 SRS)  and 11 for UK* (6 SMS/3 SWS/2 SRS). These are ‘priority tables’ and more tables are planned from November 2014.

Safeguarded tables: August (date TBC) – 4 E&W (SMS) and 10 UK* (4 SMS /6 SWS). These are ‘priority tables’ and more tables are planned from November 2014.

Secure tables: details and date TBC

* Initially UK tables with only include England, Wales and NI flows. This is because issue has been identified with the Scottish data by NRS.

How to access the data?

Public – available to SASPAC users in the usual manner; users will be informed when system files are available for download.

Safeguarded – available to researchers under a separate licence agreement. SASPAC are currently working closely with ONS and the UK Data Service to enable these tables to be available to our users on the day of publication (at this stage it is expected that the Safeguarded data will require users to agree to individual terms and conditions which will allow them to download the data in a SASPAC format. Data will then be accessible like any other dataset in SASPAC on their desktop).

These are slightly more detailed tables for larger geographies or simple tables for smaller geographies such as OA/WPZ/ward.

Secure: available through SASPAC via the ONS VML

What SASPAC support will be available?

The SASPAC team are currently preparing/updating training materials to support users’ access to the 2011 flow datasets. We expect to make half-day training sessions available to users and we will post dates on our website shortly. In the meantime, if you wish to get familiar with the 2001 flow data, the data may be downloaded from our website along with supporting 2001 training materials.


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