Training videos

26/09/2014

We have recently developed more training videos. Please take a look on our page to view these great step-by-step videos now currently available.
The most recent videos added are:

Module 8
Part A,
Part B and
Part C

This module shows you how to work with origin-destination dataset sets including filtering the data, rezoning to asymmetric zones and outputting the data into either an Excel pivot table or into Mapshore.


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.

 


Interested in Census training in Scotland?

18/08/2014

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 info@saspac.org.IT-training

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.


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 Training

20/06/2014

Please let us know ASAP if you would like to book onto our
21st July SASPAC training course taking place at City Hall.

The course is aimed at people who are new to the software or who would just like a refresher course.

A typical SASPAC training session will provide users with an introduction to the 2011 Census and enable them to select, print, manipulate, export and map data relevant to their area of interest.

If you would like to preview our latest SASPAC training manual please just visit here.

In preparation for the publication 2011 origin destination data, the SASPAC team are currently preparing a half day training course to allow users to take full advantage of this powerful new data set.

Keep an eye on our blog posts for more information!

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SASPAC Training Dates

16/01/2014

With Census data coming think and fast and training budgets (if you have one!) closing at the end of the march, you may be interested in the following SASPAC training dates:Classroom

  • 12 February – Cardiff, Data Unit – Wales
  • 19 February – London, City Hall
  • 18 March –  London, City Hall

We are also in the process organising additional dates in Scotland, these are likely to be in late February/early March. If you are interested in attending any of these courses, please contact the helpdesk.

The training course will provide users with all the tools they need to search, extract and customise Census data to meet their organisation’s needs. A copy of the training programme can be found here (pdf) and further details on our training pages.


Rezoning Census Data

06/01/2014

One of the most powerful tools in SASPAC is the ability to rezone data for new geographical areas. Users can create census statistics for their own non-standard geographies in the form of system files that can then be interrogated using SASPAC.

The SASPAC team have produced a step-by-step note to guide users through the rezoning process. Also included is a zip file containing all the files necessary to undertake the task. This method uses Census Day postcode estimates to allocate output area populations to user-specified geographies.

Download the step by step guide guide

Download the zip file (97Mb)

If you have any queries please contact the helpdesk: info@saspac.org