ONS dissemination plans for next Census release


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).

ONS Census September Newsletter


ONS published the latest Census newsletter yesterday. Following the release of the first Census results for England & Wales back in July, this edition focused on details relating to the forthcoming outputs and future dissemination plans. The following key issues are included:

  • summary of the media coverage and web traffic relating to the first outputs in July;
  • links to detailed Q&As and evaluation reports supporting the first results;
  • details of the next Census data release – planned for between November’12-February’13 and available via the NeSS website;
  • the API and Explorer tool will be available in Spring 2013;
  • a summary of the Census Statistical Disclosure Control methods applied to protect the confidentiality of individuals and entities such as businesses.