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.


Revisions and corrections in NRS data

23/07/2014

NRS have discovered an error in the original published versions of tables including information on country of birth, the tables involved were released in the following:

  • 26 September 2013 – Release 2A – KS204SC, QS203SC, national level summary table on country of birth
  • 27 February 2014 – Release 3A – DC2205SC
  • 19 March 2014 – Release 3B – DC2103SC, DC2207SC, DC2212SC, DC2802SC

However, all of these tables have now been updated in SASPAC and new System files can be downloaded from our website (here).


SASPAC v9.90 Released

15/07/2014

Recent months have seen a number of datasets released by the Census Offices for England & Wales and Scotland, the SASPAC team have been busy processing and quality assuring this data and are now in a position to release a software update to users. SASPAC v9.90 incorporates all the data tables currently available including the most recent updates:

England & Wales

  • 21 Workplace for Output Areas/workplace zones and larger geographies
  • 10 Workday tables for Output Areas and larger geographies
  • Supplementary Release 2: 3 DC and 8 LC tables (published on 23/5/14)
  • 6 Armed Forces tables for LA*
  • QS613EW – detailed Country of birth table for LAs

*published for a limited number of LAs due to disclosure control

Scotland

  • Release 3f: 16 Detailed & 8 Local Characteristic tables relating to health, housing, population and diversity)

Here is a list of all the tables and datasets currently available for E&W (.xls) and Scotland (.xls).

In addition, the SASPAC team have also Incorporated the ONS Mid-year population estimate data from 2001 to 2012 for Output and higher geographies in E&W.

Users will need to download a small update to upgrade to v9.90, instructions on how to this can be found in the following Release note (.pdf).

 


SASPAC Training

20/06/2014

Please let us know ASAP if you would like to book onto our
21st July SASPAC training course taking place at City Hall.

The course is aimed at people who are new to the software or who would just like a refresher course.

A typical SASPAC training session will provide users with an introduction to the 2011 Census and enable them to select, print, manipulate, export and map data relevant to their area of interest.

If you would like to preview our latest SASPAC training manual please just visit here.

In preparation for the publication 2011 origin destination data, the SASPAC team are currently preparing a half day training course to allow users to take full advantage of this powerful new data set.

Keep an eye on our blog posts for more information!

Classroom


Scottish SASPAC update (June’14)

13/06/2014

The SASPAC team have integrated the latest Scottish Census Release 3E tables into the application and these are now available for users to download along with the supporting System filesUsers will need to download the latest System files and update their version of the application to access these new tables. Release 3e was published on 4 June and is made up of 12 tables::

  • 12 Local Characteristic tables
  • 7 Detailed Characteristic tables (3  only available at Scotland and Council area)

In previous blog posts we have mentioned that LC1110SC (Family composition by age of Family Reference Person (FRP)) and DC1120SC (Households with full-time students away from home and age of student by number of students) would be published as part of this release but they will be part of Release 3F, scheduled for the 25 June and will comprise of 29 tables.  The SASPAC team will make these tables available to users ASAP after this date.


NEW training module video available

10/06/2014

All of our training videos are basic step by step guides of how to carry out certain modules.

If you are not already aware of what the SASPAC features are then please watch this 2min video clip for a better understanding, you can also access the other training module videos here.

However please take a second to view our latest training video which shows how to output information and map data from SASPAC:


SASPAC update for Scotland

29/05/2014

The NRS have begun to release the first 2011 Census cross tabulations (Detailed and Local Characteristics tables) as part of Release 3, these tables are being published between February and August on a topic by topic basis. saspac-logo-master-button-maze-name-256-reversed-out-rounded-with-shadowPreviously only univariate tables (Key and Quick Statistics) had been available.

To date, the following tables have been published:

  • Release 3a (27/2/14): 10 DC tables
  • Release 3b (19/3/14): 9 DC tables and 5 LC tables
  • Release 3c (9/4/14): 1 DC table, 13 LC and 3 Quick Statistics tables
  • Release 3d (15/5/14): 12 DC tables and 9 LC tables

(DC tables are available for ward/DC sectors and higher geographies, LC tables are available for Output Area and higher geographies).

In total there are now 32 DC, 27 LC, 62 Quick Statistics and 34 Key Statistics tables available for a range of geographies from national down to the Output Area level. A list of all the tables and titles released can be found here (.xls) To support access to these new tables and geographies, the SASPAC team have produced a software update to the current application (v9.85) and supporting System files. Users will need to download the latest System files and update their version of the application to access these new tables.

 

 


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