ONS Census February Newsletter

ONS have published their 2nd Census Newsletter aimed at keeping users up to date with Census outputs and dissemination information. Highlights from this issue are:

  • 2011 Census output roadshows will be held in April on:

– 17 April: Manchester
– 18 April: York
– 19 & 27 April: London
– 25 April: Birmingham
– 26 April: Newport

Registration details will be available later this month.

  • first 2011 Census outputs (population estimates by age and sex for LAs) will be released in July 2012. 
  • work has begun (with BT) on the development a data explorer for the ONS website, this is expected to be available towards the end of 2012. Users are invited to help ONS test the data explorer tool by registering their interest by email
  • ONS will also be providing access to Census (and other) data through an API (Application Programming Interface) from October 2012 – SASPAC have been working with ONS to help test this service. User’s interested in the API service should contact ONS
  • as with previous Censuses, the Census Customer Services (CCS) team will are available to provide support and guidance on 2011 and previous Censuses
  • ONS will be presenting at the LARIA conference in Aston, Birmingham on 19 March

ONS Roadshow Q&As


ONS have published the Questions and Answers (pdf) from the September Operations to Outputs roadshows. Responses to the 122 questions covering topics including: the address register, field operations, online services and outputs.

In addition to the ONS response to Q117:

What is happening with SASPAC (Small Area Statistical Package) data?

The ONS response was: “SASPAC is a separate body to ONS. We are working with them and they will continue to get census data.

We can add that SASPAC is indeed a partner working with ONS to help them develop the online data delivery systems and are in the process of developing a new SASPAC application to access the 2011 outputs. Interested users can keep up to date with progress reports and development activity through this site and by registering your email address in the menu to the right of this blog.

ONS Census Newsletter

The December Census Newsletter has been published by ONS. This aims to keep partners up to date with developments and progress towards delivering the 2011 outputs. Highlights from this issue are:
  • the 2011 Census output prospectus/timetable will be released in March 2012
  • a Census toolkit to assist in the promotion of the outputs is planned for spring 2012
  • local authorities are urged to submit council tax data to assist with the Census QA process
  • comments on the recent special outputs workshop materials are required by 17 December

To register to receive these updates directly, forward your contact details to 2011.Census.LA.Liaison@ons.gov.uk. ONS expect to produce these every 2/3 months.

ONS 2011 Census workshop materials


ONS have published the materials and Q&As from the Oct/Nov workshops relating to the specialist 2011 Census outputs. Some of this are available from the ONS website but you may also download these as zip files below.

Small population outputs (24/10/11)

Analytic products (25/10/11)

Origin & Destination products (26/10/11)

Microdata products (11/11/11)

Rural & Urban Area Classifications


Those users that accessed the 2001 Census data produced for urban and rural areas may be interested in an ONS survey looking at the proposed options for classifying these areas following the 2011 Census. More details on the project can be found here, along with a Google map showing the current boundaries. The consultation is open until 25 November 2011 and is being run by a project team that includes: Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs; Office for National Statistics; Department for Communities and Local Government; and Welsh Government.

Operations to Outputs Roadshow slides


ONS have added the slides (under ‘downloads’) from the September 2011 Operations to Outputs roadshow events. The events provided a very useful overview of the Census process for both new and experienced users. For those who couldn’t make it the agenda covered:

  • Address registerOperations to outputs roadshow image
  • Engagement & Comms
  • Field Operations
  • Data Proccessing
  • Estimating the Population
  • Census Outputs

A 2021 Census?


An ONS news release today marks the beginning of a two year consultation exercise into suitable replacements for the Census. The ‘Beyond 2011‘ programme will examine options for producing detailed information about small areas and neighbourhoods that have traditionally been outputs from the census. The first stage, begins today, is a public consultation aimed at understanding user requirements for statistical data in the future.

Consultation documents can be found here (although the document was not available at the time of writing) and the programme team can be contacted by email. Users interested in this work may wish to attend an RSS ‘Looking Beyond 2011’ event being held on 21/10/11.

2011 Census design workshops


Dates for a series of workshops focusing on specialised 2011 Census products and services have been announced by ONS. The four events are:

  • Small populations: production of regional outputs for minority groups (24 October 2011)
  • Analytical products: proposals for analytical products, reports and a ‘centre of excellence’  (25 October 2011)
  • Origin and Destination outputs: design, disclosure control and dissemination of specialist ‘flow data’ relating to workplace, migration, 2nd addresses and visitors (26 October 2011)
  • Microdata: specification of microdata sample products and services (11 November 2011)
All of the events will be held at the Union Jack Club in London, email Census Outputs to register your attendance.

NRS (formerly GROS) release output running order


The National Records of Scotland (NRS, formerly GROS) have released the proposed (provisional) running order of Scotland’s 2011 Census outputs. To coincide with England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the first outputs (Scotland population estimates by single year age/sex and local authorities by 5 year age groups/sex) will be released in July 2012. NRS are inviting users respond to this document by email before 28 October 2011.

ONS publish consultation response and outputs running order


image of ONS reportToday ONS published a number of reports following the second round of consultation exercises – undertaken back in spring – on the statistical outputs planned for the 2011 Census results. The reports include: an analysis of user responses;  a report on the ‘best fitting’ method for supplying ward data and the proposed running order for the outputs (starting in July 2012 but does not commit to dates beyond this – a full output timetable can be expected in early 2012).