Scottish SASPAC update (Sept’14)

12/09/2014

The SASPAC team have integrated the latest Scottish Census Release 3G and H tables into the application and these are now available to. Users will need to download the latest System files and update their version of the application to access these new tables. Details on how to update the software can be found here.

Release 3G and H were published on 23 July and 13 August:

  • Release 3G: 12 Detailed Characteristic and 8 Local Characteristic tables (published on 23/7/14); tables relate to Labour Market and Education.
  • Release 3H: 12 Detailed Characteristic and 12 Local Characteristic tables (published on 13/8/14); tables relate to Labour Market and Transport.

A list of all the Census tables and geographies currently available can be found here (.xls) If you have any query queries or issues applying this update please do not hesitate to contact the helpdesk.

 

 


SASPAC Training – OD Flow data

03/09/2014

The SASPAC team have developed a new training course to support users’ access to the Origin/Destination flow data that has begun to be released by the Census Offices. This dataset includes details of usual residents:

  • Travel to Work (or study in Scotland)
  • Migration
  • Second Residences
  • Student migration

SASPAC provides users with the tools to access, manipulate and analyse this complex dataset. The course is designed for current users of the software interested in using the application to understand the flow data – a course outline can be seen here. The first course is scheduled for Wednesday 17th September at City Hall and more dates can be found on our booking page.

NB: In order register on this course you must have been on the Introduction to SASPAC course or be a long-time user of the software.

The first set of Public Flow data tables were released at the end of July and further releases (Safeguarded & Secure) are scheduled for the end of September and then again in November. All of these tables will be accessible through SASPAC either on users’ desktops (following the completion of the necessary licence) or the Census Offices physical sites via the Virtual Microdata Laboratory (VML).

Please contact info@saspac.org if you are interested in securing a place. We will allocate places on a first-come-first-served basis.

 


Census Flow data update

13/08/2014

ONS have recently announced further details on how to access the 2011 Origin-Destination (OD) datasets. The safeguarded tables are now expected to be released via the UK Data Service available in September. To support this, SASPAC have been working with ONS to make these tables available to download from the UK Data Service in a SASPAC format (.SYS). This means users will be able to: download the data from the UKDS, a software update from www.saspac.org and access these tables on their desktops. To prepare for the data, we would recommend registering for the UKDS now (open to academic/public sector users) and then signing up to the additional safeguarded t&cs when the data is published.

The SASPAC team have been working on the integrating the OD Public tables recently published. However, having raised some potential issues in the data with ONS, some corrected data was released yesterday (12/8/14) but there are still some outstanding issues – once we are confident in these datasets we will release these to our users.

A reminder that these public, safeguarded and secure OD data releases are just the priority tables and a lot more are due to be published in November/December this year.

 


NEW training videos!

31/07/2014

Please take some time to view our video training page; the videos available are great step-by-step guides of how to carry out common tasks.

There are currently videos available with the most recent videos added being modules 4a & 4b, these modules show:

Module 4a – Demonstrates how to create new zones – By individual area selection.
Module 4b – Demonstrates how to create new zones – By reference to a gazetteer.

Please take a look and keep an eye out for more videos becoming available soon!

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SASPAC & Census flow data

24/07/2014

The Data

The Census Offices are preparing to begin publishing the 2011 Census flow data, these tables will include 4 datasets:

  1. Special Workplace statistics (SWS) – travel from usual residence to workplace (or place of study in Scotland)
  2. Special Migration statistics (SMS) – address 1 year prior to census day
  3. Special Student statistics (SSS) – student migration
  4. Special Residence statistics (SRS) – location of second residence

For all 4 datasets a set of England & Welsh and UK tables will exist.

How will I be able to access the data?

ONS have developed 3 levels of licence to access the data:

Public: openly available anyone and accessible to SASPAC users like any other Census data. These will include a small number of simple tables published for large geographic areas such as local authorities/MSOAs.

Safeguarded: available to researchers under a separate licence agreement. SASPAC are currently working closely with ONS and the UK Data Service to enable these tables to be available to our users on the day of publication (at this stage it is expected that the Safeguarded data will require users to agree to individual terms and conditions which will allow them to download the data in a SASPAC format. Data will then be accessible like any other dataset in SASPAC on their desktop).

These are slightly more detailed tables for larger geographies or simple tables for smaller geographies such as OA/WPZ/ward.

Secure: accessible via the ONS Virtual Microdata Laboratory (VML) held at Titchfield, Southampton. These will include the most detailed cross tabulations, available for the smallest Census geographies and data will only be released to users following ONS approval. SASPAC will be available to access these tables in the VML.

A new VML is currently under development by ONS and expected to be available at other sites across the E&W towards the end of the year.

When will the data be published?

Public tables: 25 July – 9 for E&W (3 SWS/6 SRS)  and 11 for UK* (6 SMS/3 SWS/2 SRS). These are ‘priority tables’ and more tables are planned from November 2014.

Safeguarded tables: August (date TBC) – 4 E&W (SMS) and 10 UK* (4 SMS /6 SWS). These are ‘priority tables’ and more tables are planned from November 2014.

Secure tables: details and date TBC

* Initially UK tables with only include England, Wales and NI flows. This is because issue has been identified with the Scottish data by NRS.

How to access the data?

Public – available to SASPAC users in the usual manner; users will be informed when system files are available for download.

Safeguarded – available to researchers under a separate licence agreement. SASPAC are currently working closely with ONS and the UK Data Service to enable these tables to be available to our users on the day of publication (at this stage it is expected that the Safeguarded data will require users to agree to individual terms and conditions which will allow them to download the data in a SASPAC format. Data will then be accessible like any other dataset in SASPAC on their desktop).

These are slightly more detailed tables for larger geographies or simple tables for smaller geographies such as OA/WPZ/ward.

Secure: available through SASPAC via the ONS VML

What SASPAC support will be available?

The SASPAC team are currently preparing/updating training materials to support users’ access to the 2011 flow datasets. We expect to make half-day training sessions available to users and we will post dates on our website shortly. In the meantime, if you wish to get familiar with the 2001 flow data, the data may be downloaded from our website along with supporting 2001 training materials.


SASPAC v9.90 Released

15/07/2014

Recent months have seen a number of datasets released by the Census Offices for England & Wales and Scotland, the SASPAC team have been busy processing and quality assuring this data and are now in a position to release a software update to users. SASPAC v9.90 incorporates all the data tables currently available including the most recent updates:

England & Wales

  • 21 Workplace for Output Areas/workplace zones and larger geographies
  • 10 Workday tables for Output Areas and larger geographies
  • Supplementary Release 2: 3 DC and 8 LC tables (published on 23/5/14)
  • 6 Armed Forces tables for LA*
  • QS613EW – detailed Country of birth table for LAs

*published for a limited number of LAs due to disclosure control

Scotland

  • Release 3f: 16 Detailed & 8 Local Characteristic tables relating to health, housing, population and diversity)

Here is a list of all the tables and datasets currently available for E&W (.xls) and Scotland (.xls).

In addition, the SASPAC team have also Incorporated the ONS Mid-year population estimate data from 2001 to 2012 for Output and higher geographies in E&W.

Users will need to download a small update to upgrade to v9.90, instructions on how to this can be found in the following Release note (.pdf).

 


Scottish SASPAC update (June’14)

13/06/2014

The SASPAC team have integrated the latest Scottish Census Release 3E tables into the application and these are now available for users to download along with the supporting System filesUsers will need to download the latest System files and update their version of the application to access these new tables. Release 3e was published on 4 June and is made up of 12 tables::

  • 12 Local Characteristic tables
  • 7 Detailed Characteristic tables (3  only available at Scotland and Council area)

In previous blog posts we have mentioned that LC1110SC (Family composition by age of Family Reference Person (FRP)) and DC1120SC (Households with full-time students away from home and age of student by number of students) would be published as part of this release but they will be part of Release 3F, scheduled for the 25 June and will comprise of 29 tables.  The SASPAC team will make these tables available to users ASAP after this date.