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.


A warm welcome to Stirling Council

15/01/2014

A warm welcome to Stirling Council who have just joined the SASPAC scheme to help them gain maximum value from the 2011 Census results set to be released for Scotland in 2014.
stirlingIf your organisation would like to learn more about the benefits SASPAC can offer, watch our 2 min video or read some of our users comments. Alternatively, contact the helpdesk for a free trial of the application.


What do our users’ think of SASPAC?

15/11/2013

Want to know more about the benefits of the SASPAC service: visit our new page of client testimonials.

SASPAC provides access to, and support in using, the 2011 Census statistics. A well known and trusted public sector project, used by a large proportion of local authorities, SASPAC provides researchers with the advanced tools necessary to get maximum value out of the Census. To find out more, watch our 2 minute video below or contact the helpdesk for a free trial.

Introduction Video


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).


New SASPAC users

16/09/2013

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.

Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Strategic Development Planning Authority


New Members

12/07/2013

A warm welcome to colleagues at the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership who are now taking advantage of the SASPAC software initiative.

C2C-logo

For those not already on board, here is a quick 2 minute introduction video:

saspac-intro-vid


SASPAC Training dates

07/06/2013

We’ve just published our next London (City Hall) training courses on our website, forthcoming dates are:
Training

  • Wednesday 12 June
  • Tuesday 16 July
  • Tuesday 20 Aug
  • Tuesday 10 September

These introductory courses provide users with all the tools they need to begin extracting and using census data. It is also an excellent opportunity for those who have used SASPAC before, but need a refresher, to brush up on their skills. The materials have also been updated to incorporate the latest Detailed Characteristics Census tables published in May.

A copy of the training programme can be found here (.pdf). If you would like to attend, or have a colleague who would like to learn to use SASPAC, please contact Wil Tonkiss to book a place. All the course materials can be found on our training pages.