Season’s Greetings from the SASPAC team


Thank you to all our users for continuing to support the SASPAC initiative. We’re looking forward to supporting your data access during a 2013 full of Census outputs!!

Season's Greeting from SASPAC

Sneak a peek at SASPAC’s new interface


The first stage of SASPAC’s 2011 Census development programme has been delivered and a shiny new interface developed using sample 2001 data. A short 3 minute video is available and demonstrates the new ‘look and feel’ along with some of the current functionality. This interface will continue to grow and develop over the summer as we move towards the first Census outputs (2nd release in the output prospectus) released by ONS in November this year.

As always, we are keen to hear users’ thoughts, so please do get in touch with the helpdesk if you would like to be involved in testing and help inform the development.

SASPAC gets a fresh new look!


In preparation for the release of the 2011 Census data and the new SASPAC application, we have a new set of logos and icons that will be used across the software and publicity material. Below are some samples to keep an eye out for:

Remember to visit our development page to see the latest gallery screen shots of the development.

BSPS Conference call for papers deadline


The 2012 British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) 2012 conference will be held at the University of Nottingham from 10-12 September. The current call for papers closes on 11 May.

In addition to the usual conference workstream presentations, meetings and networking opportunities, last year’s conference saw the introduction of a training session aimed at Local Authority demographers. Having been very well received, a similar course is planned for this year.

If you are not already a BSPS member you can join here for a small fee (that can be recouped by a discounted conference charge!).

Boris promotes Census


The Greater London Authority (GLA) are doing their bit to encourage residents to complete the Census questionnaires with a YouTube video by the Mayor Boris Johnson and website with links to supporting resources such as why it’s important, FAQs and visualisations of the 2001 response rates.

Mayor of London Census video

The GLA’s Intelligence Unit are responsible for the management, development and support of the SASPAC project.



The latest BURISA newsletter (187) was published this week and includes an article entitled “SASPAC – a 30-year success story!“. This provides an overview of SASPAC’s history – going back to it’s origins with David Rhind and Keith Dugmore and the 1981 Census – what we’re up to now and a look towards the future. The newsletter also features a 2011 Census update, reports on data visualisation, measuring wellbeing and lots more. The full newsletter is available to BURISA members from their website but the SASPAC article has been extracted and is available here.

BURISA is a non-profit making organisation that aims to promote better communication between people concerned with information and information systems in local and central government, the health services, utilities and the academic world through its regular newsletter and periodic conferences and workshops.

Census Man!


Census man image“Help Census Man save the day and fly around 8 different cities to help the citizens return their census forms to the postbox before its too late!”

As part of the promotional activities to widen knowledge of the Census a viral online game called “Census Man” has been developed and is being shared across social networks such as Facebook. Circulate around your networks to help spread the word, SASPAC hasn’t managed to get past level three yet!