2011 Census Scottish boundary data

30/10/2013

In preparation for the next Census release for Scotland on 14 November (release 2B), the SASPAC team have prepared a series of boundary files to assist users. Our Scottish geography page now contains boundaries in  Mapshore (BDY), MapInfo (TAB) and ESRI (SHP) formats, as well links to a number of other useful geographic resources. Boundaries are available for the following hierarchies:

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  • 2011 Census Output Areas
  • 2011 Local Characteristic Sectors
  • 2011 Detailed Characteristic Sectors
  • 2001 Data zones
  • 2001 Intermediate zones
  • Electoral Wards
  • Council Areas

Boundary data is downloadable as; a single file for all Scottish zones (split by hierarchy); a single file containing Council Area folders split by hierarchy; and a separate file for each Council. – allowing users to download all the boundaries just for their Council area if necessary.


Welcome to North Ayrshire Council

22/10/2013

A very warm welcome to North Ayrshire Council who have recently joined the SASPAC scheme to take full advantage of the Scottish 2011 Census results being published in the coming months.

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The latest output plans can be found in the NRS Prospectus, in summary the next releases scheduled are:

  • Release 2B (14 November) – Key Statistics and Quick Statistics tables for all 16 levels of census geography.
  • Release 2C (mid December) – Key and Quick Statistics tables related to Living Arrangements for all 16 levels of census geography.
  • Releases 3 & 4 (date tbc) – detailed Local Characteristics (LC) and Detailed Characteristics (DC) tables.

Finally, a reminder that we are running a SASPAC/Census training course in Motherwell on 27 and 28 November – please contact the helpdesk to book your place.


The Future of Census Statistics in Scotland

17/10/2013

The Scottish Beyond 2011 – Future of census statistics programme is participating in this years ESRC Festival of Social Science. NRS will be running two free half day events in Glasgow (7th November afternoon) and Edinburgh (8th November morning) and encourage interested parties to attend.

A presentation on Scotland’s Census 2011 followed by questions will open the event. The second session will focus on the Beyond 2011 programme and include a workshop focusing on the case for small area data. Both events are limited in number and so you are encouraged to register as soon as possible (using the eventbrite links above).


Scottish data now in SASPAC

10/10/2013

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Following the publication of the first 2011 Census tables for Scotland (Release 2a) on 26 September, we are pleased to release these tables along with an updated version of the software (v9.84) to users.

These release included:

tables for Scotland, Council Areas and Health Boards.

Instructions on how to update the software to v9.84 are available here (.pdf) and the supporting System files may be downloaded from the data page. Remember all our training materials, videos and demo data can be found on our training pages.

The next Scottish release (2b) is planned for 14 November and will include 15 Key Statistics and 9 Quick Statistics tables for all Census geographies (plus the Release 2a tables for the outstanding geographies). The latest details on the planned outputs can be found on the NRS Census website.

Please contact the helpdesk if you have any issue with this release or require any further details.


SASPAC v9.84 update

08/10/2013

The latest 2011 Census Detailed and Local Characteristics tables are now available to download from the SASPAC website along with a software update (v9.84).saspac-logo-master-button-maze-name-256-rounded-with-shadow

This update incorporates the 20 Detailed Characteristic and 9 Local Characteristic tables published by ONS on 26/9/13 (Releases 3.4 and 4.3) – including the single year of year by sex table (DC1117EW) mentioned previously on our blog. The updated SASPAC System files are downloadable from our data page and the software updates files/instructions from here.

To help keep users’ up to date with the large number of tables currently available we have also produced a summary of all the tables released by geography here (.xls). Furthermore, table layouts for all the tables so far and those recently published are below:

  • Release 3.4 Detailed Characteristic tables layouts/all published DC table layouts to date (.pdf)
  • Release 4.3 Local Characteristic tables layouts/all published LC table layouts to date (.pdf)

Other table layouts can be found on our Support page.


Beyond 2011 Consultation

03/10/2013

Census users’ interested in responding to current ONS consultation on the future of the Census may find the attached Word version (.doc) of the consultation questionnaire useful for circulating around their own organisation. The consultation closes on 13 December and requests Census users feedback on the two proposed methods:

  1. A census once a decade, like that conducted in 2011, but primarily online.
  2. A census using existing government data and compulsory annual surveys.