We have recently received requests from users to run another SASPAC/Census training course in Scotland. If you are interested in making the most from the 2011 Census and would like to attend, please contact the
helpdesk on firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the NRS now publishing data on a regular basis, SASPAC is an invaluable tool to help identify and download exactly the Census variables you need for your chosen geographies.
For more details on what you’ll cover on our course visit our training pages.
The NRS have begun to release the first 2011 Census cross tabulations (Detailed and Local Characteristics tables) as part of Release 3, these tables are being published between February and August on a topic by topic basis. Previously only univariate tables (Key and Quick Statistics) had been available.
To date, the following tables have been published:
- Release 3a (27/2/14): 10 DC tables
- Release 3b (19/3/14): 9 DC tables and 5 LC tables
- Release 3c (9/4/14): 1 DC table, 13 LC and 3 Quick Statistics tables
- Release 3d (15/5/14): 12 DC tables and 9 LC tables
(DC tables are available for ward/DC sectors and higher geographies, LC tables are available for Output Area and higher geographies).
In total there are now 32 DC, 27 LC, 62 Quick Statistics and 34 Key Statistics tables available for a range of geographies from national down to the Output Area level. A list of all the tables and titles released can be found here (.xls) To support access to these new tables and geographies, the SASPAC team have produced a software update to the current application (v9.85) and supporting System files. Users will need to download the latest System files and update their version of the application to access these new tables.
Following release 2B of the Scottish Census results from NRS, the SASPAC team is pleased to release a software update to our
users. This release incorporates all the Key (29) and Quick Statistic tables (32) currently available for Scottish Census geographies.
SASPAC v9.85 is available to download from the software page along with update instructions (.pdf). This release includes:
- access to all Key statistics (with percentage values) and Quick Statistics tables;
- new “year” and “country” filters to restrict data searching/selection to just Scottish tables;
- enhanced hierarchic geography trees that present 2011 Output Areas within Multi-member wards, Postcode sectors and Datazones (facilitates easy selection of “all the OAs within area X”).
All the necessary System files may also be downloaded from our data page.
The next Census release for Scotland is scheduled for 18 December and will include four Key and 27 Quick statistics tables relating to Living Arrangements (planned table layouts). Please note, we also expect to release an updated full installation package later in December 2013, this will update all previous versions of the application.
Please contact the helpdesk if you have any issue with this release or require any further details.
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:
- 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.
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.
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.
A warm welcome to colleagues at the Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Strategic Development Planning Authority who have recently joined the SASPAC user community to take full advantage of the 2011 Census datasets.
On the 15 August NRS released usual resident/household estimates for postcodes, output areas (OA), data zones and inhabited islands. To support these outputs, OA boundaries, postcode to OA and OA to higher area lookup files were also published. However, NRS have just announced an issue with the OA coding applied and they will be replacing these files with revised datasets within the next two weeks. As a result these files have been temporarily removed from the website.
Unlike in England and Wales, NRS renamed all the 2011 Census OA codes in Scotland so they ran sequentially within each council area, however, the error means that this is not always the case. Although physical OA boundaries and population/household estimates will not be altered, the OAs will be recoding to correct this issue. NRS will be providing a ‘current 2011 OA’ to ‘new OA’ lookup table to assist users. NRS Geography Customer Services will contact users when this data is available but can be contacted for any further information.
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