New ONS website


The new ONS website went live on 27/8/11 and aims to make it easier for users to find content, reuse it (downloadable xls, csv, xml formats) and improve the accessibility to the site. Support to help users familiarise themselves with the site is available through: a quick tour, tutorials on YouTube and tips on finding content.

ONS - homepage - screen shot

Future developments to the site will include an online data explorer tool and an Application Programme Interface (API). The API service will enable other parties, such as SASPAC, to programmatically discover and retrieve ONS content directly using their own online systems. It is planned that this service will deliver the 2011 Census results to users in 2012 – a service SASPAC are currently working with ONS to develop and test.

For those looking to access Census content on the new site the following links may be useful:

The new site is based on an entirely new content structure so any bookmarks you may have will no longer work – SASPAC have updated post links but if you spot any broken links please let us know.

Looking “Beyond 2011”


The RSS are hosting a “Looking Beyond 2011” event on 21 October 2011. The meeting represents a first opportunity for a broad community of users and stakeholders to hear about the UK Statistics Authority’s Beyond 2011 programme and the initial work undertaken by ONS.  The Beyond 2011 Population Statistics Programme was set up to establish and test models that will, in future, meet users’ needs for census type statistics in the UK, including wider socio-demographic statistics. For more details and to register to attend the event visit the RSS website.

NRS (formerly GROS) release output running order


The National Records of Scotland (NRS, formerly GROS) have released the proposed (provisional) running order of Scotland’s 2011 Census outputs. To coincide with England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the first outputs (Scotland population estimates by single year age/sex and local authorities by 5 year age groups/sex) will be released in July 2012. NRS are inviting users respond to this document by email before 28 October 2011.