ONS ‘Understanding your Census Estimates’ Workshop


Prior to the release of the first 2011 Census population estimates in July, ONS are running a series of workshops to enable local authorities to understand how the estimates are created, the quality assurance process and the data sources used. The dates/locations are:

  • Nottingham, 25 June, Park Plaza Hotel
  • Titchfield, 27 June, ONS Titchfield, Hampshire
  • Manchester, 29 June, St Thomas Conference
  • Newport, 2 July, ONS Newport, Wales
  • London, 4 July, RSS, London

A copy of the flyer can be found here and to book a place email 2011.census.la.liaison@ons.gsi.gov.uk

ONS 2011 Census Geography Prospectus


Today saw ONS publish the 2011 Census Geography Prospectus. This contains details of what and when geographic products (digital boundaries, digital spatial data and lookup tables) will be released. When available, these products will be available to download from the ONS website or supplied on hard media from Customer Services.

The first products will be available, one month prior to the second release of Census data, in October 2012 (subject to the Census outputs being published on time in November) and the second will follow in January 2013. More details relating to what’s incorporated in these releases are below:

Date Products Format
October 2012 2011 Ouput Area, Lower and Middle Layer Super Output Areas shapefile/kml
2011 Ouput Area, Lower and Middle Layer Super Output Areas population weighted centroids shapefile/kml
2001 Ouput Area, Lower and Middle Layer Super Output Areas shapefile/kml
2011 Output Area to 2011 geography lookup files (e.g LSOA/MSOA, wards, LA/UAs, counties, 2001 to 2011 OAs) text/csv
January 2013 2011 Workplace zones (WZ) shapefile/kml
2011 Workplace zones population weighted centroids shapefile/kml
2011 Output Area to 2011 geographies (e.g. settlements, urban areas, postcode sectors) text/csv

Full details of all the products and releases dates are here (.xls).

A ‘Census Geography FAQ‘ document (pdf) is also available and provides further explanation into some of the geographic issues, some highlights:

  • Digital boundaries are expected to made available under an Open Government Licence so will be free for reuse by all (a final decision on this is expected by the end of June 2012)
  • Only 2011 Output Areas, Lower and Middle Layer Super Output Areas, Local Authorities and National Park statistics will be published on an exact-fit basis, all other geographies will be best-fit
  • less than 5% of 2001 OA/SOA boundaries are expected to change in 2011

SASPAC gets a fresh new look!


In preparation for the release of the 2011 Census data and the new SASPAC application, we have a new set of logos and icons that will be used across the software and publicity material. Below are some samples to keep an eye out for:

Remember to visit our development page to see the latest gallery screen shots of the development.

SASPAC comments on the ONS Output Prospectus


In response to the Output Prospectus published by ONS at the end of March, SASPAC and the Greater London Authority have jointly raised a number of comments and concerns with the Census team. This covers a range of issues relating to expected metadata, cell referencing, disclosure control and geographic information. A PDF of the response is available here and we’ll post any feedback we receive on this site.

NRS Beyond 2011 Website


National Records for Scotland have just released a ‘Beyond 2011’ website. In September 2011 the Beyond 2011 project was set up in Scotland to investigate alternative (to the traditional census) methods for delivering population and socio-demographic statistics in Scotland. A similar programme is already underway for England and Wales by the Office for National Statistics and the Registrar General for Northern Ireland will begin their own assessment following the release of the initial 2011 Census results.

NRS will not begin a formal consultation until Spring/Summer 2013 but interested parties can address any queries to: beyond2011@gro-scotlond.gsi.gov.uk.

BSPS Conference call for papers deadline


The 2012 British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) 2012 conference will be held at the University of Nottingham from 10-12 September. The current call for papers closes on 11 May.

In addition to the usual conference workstream presentations, meetings and networking opportunities, last year’s conference saw the introduction of a training session aimed at Local Authority demographers. Having been very well received, a similar course is planned for this year.

If you are not already a BSPS member you can join here for a small fee (that can be recouped by a discounted conference charge!).