2011 UK Output Area Classification Consultation


The ONS are working with the University College London to develop a new UK Output Area classification (OAC) using the 2011 Census data. This will update the 2001 classification previously produced by the University of Leeds.

A user engagement exercise runs from 17 February to 30 March 2012 and is aimed at users of the 2001 OAC but also relevent to anyone interested in social area classifications, involving geodemographics and neighbourhood classifications. For more information and a copy of the User Engagement form visit the ONS website.

If you would like to see some of the initial work that has been undertaken by Chris Gale, a UCL research student whose PhD is focussing on creating this new Output Area Classification, then please click here.

ONS Analytical Products Workshop


ONS are running a 2011 Census analytical products workshop on 21 March 2012, 10-3 at Britannia Hotel, Portland Street, Manchester, M1 3LA. This will be the same as the previous workshop held in London back in October last year (the materials from which can be found here) and will deal with ONS’ current proposals for 2011 Census analytical products. If you are interested in attending email katy.taylor@ons.gov.uk, places are on a first come, first served basis.

SASPAC v9.50 now available


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)Follow SASPAC on Twitter 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.