We have recently updated the System files available from our website to include:
- population centroid data for 2011 Census Output Areas, Lower Layer Super Output Areas and Middle Layer Super Ouptut Areas (the population weighted centroid is a single point that represent the median location of households). These may be extracted from the software using the header variables “Easting” and “Northing” which are stored on the updated System files.
- Quick Statistics tables: QS212EW (Passports Held (detailed)), QS214EW (National Identify (detailed)) and QS611EW (Approximate Social Grade).
This completes all the Key and Quick Statistics tables expected from the 2011 Census.
Next week (16/5) ONS will be releasing 42 Detailed Characteristic tables and will be the first detailed cross tabulations produced from the 2011 Census. This release represents Phase 1 of 3 in Release 3.0. 33 of these tables will be available for ward and Middle Layer Super Output Areas, 1 at Local Authority and 8 at regional level. The final table layouts can be found here (.xls).
Once the SASPAC team have loaded and quality assured this data, System files will be downloadable from the SASPAC website, along with a small software update. We’ll blog as soon as this data is available.
Many of you will be aware that the next Census 2011 data release (Release 2.2) is imminent, with the release of Key Statistics (35 tables) and Quick Statistics (69 tables) for Output Area, ward, parish and parliamentary constituency geographies expected next week. A list of table names and numbers can be found here (.xls). The latest table layouts are available from the ONS website but be aware as these may change before next week’s release date.
Once the SASPAC team have quality assured the data and created System files these will be made available for download via the data page of our website. To support the new 2011 statistical geography an updated version of the software (v9.80) will also be available to members for download. Followers will be notified as soon as software and the data is available via our blog.
With the second ONS Census data release on the horizon (beginning November), SASPAC is busy preparing the software to ensure its users can access these outputs as soon as they are available.
ONS announced in yesterday’s newsletter that the primary route to this data will be through the NeSS Neighbourhood Statistics website for online searches (similar to 2001) and also through bulk release in CSV form. The ONS Web Explorer tool/API is now planned to be ready in spring 2013.
|SASPAC has been a keen supporter and partner to ONS in the API development and will take advantage of these tools when they come online. But, SASPAC is also pleased that the data will come out in bulk form so that users can still rely on SASPAC to provide them with convenient access to the expected Key and Quick Statistics data tables for all the geographies included in the second Census release (OAs, SOAs, LA/UA, wards).
The first stage of SASPAC’s 2011 Census development programme has been delivered and a shiny new interface developed using sample 2001 data. A short 3 minute video is available and demonstrates the new ‘look and feel’ along with some of the current functionality. This interface will continue to grow and develop over the summer as we move towards the first Census outputs (2nd release in the output prospectus) released by ONS in November this year.
As always, we are keen to hear users’ thoughts, so please do get in touch with the helpdesk if you would like to be involved in testing and help inform the development.
To help meet some of the software’s 2011 Census development costs both the SASPAC licence and support fees – which have been frozen for the last ten years – will increase by £75 from 1st April 2012. In order to assist users in this difficult financial climate we are providing the option to avoid this increase by purchasing two year’s support at the discounted 2011/12 rates. All members will be presented with this option when they are contacted for 2012/13 support fees, If you would like to take advantage of any 2011/12 budget under spend before the end of the current financial year please contact the helpdesk.
We will be keeping users up to date with our 2011 Census work via our website’s development page. Here you will be able to see sample screen shots and images as the software develops: to kick-off we have added some samples of the new table layout presentation style.
The SASPAC team are pleased to announce the release of v9.50 to software members. This version is available as a full installation package and downloadable from our website (user passwords are available from the helpdesk). This new release includes:
- Web Services Wizard (WSW) application
- GSS Coding and Naming integration
- Windows 7 compatibility
- software updates (v9.05, 9.06, 9.07)
- bug fixes
The WSW application is a ‘proof of concept’ development that utilises the same online technologies the Census Offices will be using to publish 2011 Census results. In preparation for 2011 data, development to build a new interface and data management system is underway.
We will keep users posted with our progress (software previews, developing functionality, help with testing, pre-release access) through this blog and recommend subscribing by adding your email address to the box on the right of this post. ‘Tweeters’ may also follow us Twitter.
An ONS news release today marks the beginning of a two year consultation exercise into suitable replacements for the Census. The ‘Beyond 2011‘ programme will examine options for producing detailed information about small areas and neighbourhoods that have traditionally been outputs from the census. The first stage, begins today, is a public consultation aimed at understanding user requirements for statistical data in the future.
Consultation documents can be found here (although the document was not available at the time of writing) and the programme team can be contacted by email. Users interested in this work may wish to attend an RSS ‘Looking Beyond 2011′ event being held on 21/10/11.
The latest SASPAC Advisory Panel was held on 16 August 2011. The agenda included the latest on SASPAC’s 2011 development work, 2011 outputs from the Census Offices and a session for members to prioritise their development requirements. Meeting notes and slides are available from the Advisory Panel page and are accessible to members of the support scheme.
ONS have just published the Questions and Answers from the 2011 Census data distribution workshops held in London and Manchester back in May. Some key points to note are:
- a Census Bulk Data Working Group will be established (contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest);
- all published ONS data (including commissioned outputs) and associated supporting information will be available via the API;
- the three census offices are proposing a single UK database is produced to deliver outputs for UK geographies
SASPAC v9.30 is now available to subscribers and integrates the Government Statistical Service (GSS) Coding and Naming Policy, implemented on 1st January 2011. The new coding policy creates a nine character alpha-numeric coding structure (e.g. E1000012) that includes a country identifier (e.g. “E” for England), area entity (e.g. “10″ for counties) and an instance (e.g. “12″ for Essex). More…