Boris promotes Census


The Greater London Authority (GLA) are doing their bit to encourage residents to complete the Census questionnaires with a YouTube video by the Mayor Boris Johnson and website with links to supporting resources such as why it’s important, FAQs and visualisations of the 2001 response rates.

Mayor of London Census video

The GLA’s Intelligence Unit are responsible for the management, development and support of the SASPAC project.



The latest BURISA newsletter (187) was published this week and includes an article entitled “SASPAC – a 30-year success story!“. This provides an overview of SASPAC’s history – going back to it’s origins with David Rhind and Keith Dugmore and the 1981 Census – what we’re up to now and a look towards the future. The newsletter also features a 2011 Census update, reports on data visualisation, measuring wellbeing and lots more. The full newsletter is available to BURISA members from their website but the SASPAC article has been extracted and is available here.

BURISA is a non-profit making organisation that aims to promote better communication between people concerned with information and information systems in local and central government, the health services, utilities and the academic world through its regular newsletter and periodic conferences and workshops.

Census Man!


Census man image“Help Census Man save the day and fly around 8 different cities to help the citizens return their census forms to the postbox before its too late!”

As part of the promotional activities to widen knowledge of the Census a viral online game called “Census Man” has been developed and is being shared across social networks such as Facebook. Circulate around your networks to help spread the word, SASPAC hasn’t managed to get past level three yet!

UK Census questionnaires are in the post!


Today saw the start of the distribution of Census questionnaires to almost 30 million households across the UK. In today’s press releases, ONS stressed the ability for people to complete the questionnaire online whilst GROS have enlisted the help of the Scottish Premier League football stars to raise publicity.  Below is the (ONS) Census Director, Glen Watson with a Royal Mail worker at the census questionnaire post out launch (more images are available from their gallery).