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 Support fee discount


To help meet some of the software’s 2011 Census development costs both the SASPAC licence and support fees – which have been frozen for the last ten years – will increase by £75 from 1st April 2012. In order to assist users in this difficult financial climate we are providing the option to avoid this increase by purchasing two year’s support at the discounted 2011/12 rates. All members will be presented with this option when they are contacted for 2012/13 support fees, If you would like to take advantage of any 2011/12 budget under spend before the end of the current financial year please contact the helpdesk.

We will be keeping users up to date with our 2011 Census work via our website’s development page. Here you will be able to see sample screen shots and images as the software develops: to kick-off we have added some samples of the new table layout presentation style.

SASPAC v9.50 now available


The SASPAC team are pleased to announce the release of v9.50 to software members. This version is available as a full installation package and downloadable from our website (user passwords are available from the helpdesk). This new release includes:

  • Web Services Wizard (WSW) application
  • GSS Coding and Naming integration
  • Windows 7 compatibility
  • software updates (v9.05, 9.06, 9.07)
  • bug fixes

The WSW application is a ‘proof of concept’ development that utilises the same online technologies the Census Offices will be using to publish 2011 Census results. In preparation for 2011 data, development to build a new interface and data management system is underway.

We will keep users posted with our progress (software previews, developing functionality, help with testing, pre-release access)Follow SASPAC on Twitter through this blog and recommend subscribing by adding your email address to the box on the right of this post. ‘Tweeters’ may also follow us Twitter.

Presentation at CLG LIS event


SASPAC presented its latest development at the CLG’s Local Information Systems event yesterday. The presentation was jointly delivered with colleagues from the ONS NeSS Data Exchange (NDE) and demonstrated SASPAC’s  integrated NeSS application. For more details, slides and a video of the presentation visit the CLG’s ESD website or contact the helpdesk.