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.


SASPAC v9.85 available

10/01/2014

A happy year to all our users!

Before Christmas ONS and NRS produced two Census data releases for England & Wales and Scotland respectively. These new tables have now been integrated into SASPAC and are available as a new software update: v9.85. This release includes:

  • access to all Key and Quick Statistics tables for Scotland (Release 2c Key stats & Quick stats layouts (pdf))
  • access to 59 new Detailed Characteristic tables for England & Wales (Release 3.5 layouts (pdf))

The application has also been enhanced to include a brand new ‘year’ and ‘country’ filter that allows users to restrict their dataset view to just those of interest. The supporting updated System files are also available to download on our E&W and Scotland data pages.

Given the considerable amount of Census data now available, the SASPAC team have produced Excel files that list all the tables currently available by geography for E&W and Scotland. This should help you stay up to date with the wealth of data now at your finger tips!

What data to expect next?
The next data release planned for E&W is on 23 January and will include 59 Local Characteristic tables for Output Areas (Release 4.4), the current tables layouts are available on the ONS website. In Scotland, the next release phase includes detailed cross tabulations and will be published on a ‘topic’ basis; other than ‘early 2014’ it is not currently clear when this data will be available but we expect to hear more later this month.


Scottish SASPAC update: v9.85

03/12/2013

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:saspac-logo-master-button-maze-name-256-reversed-out-rounded-with-shadow

  • 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.


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


Scottish data now in SASPAC

10/10/2013

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Following the publication of the first 2011 Census tables for Scotland (Release 2a) on 26 September, we are pleased to release these tables along with an updated version of the software (v9.84) to users.

These release included:

tables for Scotland, Council Areas and Health Boards.

Instructions on how to update the software to v9.84 are available here (.pdf) and the supporting System files may be downloaded from the data page. Remember all our training materials, videos and demo data can be found on our training pages.

The next Scottish release (2b) is planned for 14 November and will include 15 Key Statistics and 9 Quick Statistics tables for all Census geographies (plus the Release 2a tables for the outstanding geographies). The latest details on the planned outputs can be found on the NRS Census website.

Please contact the helpdesk if you have any issue with this release or require any further details.


SASPAC v9.84 update

08/10/2013

The latest 2011 Census Detailed and Local Characteristics tables are now available to download from the SASPAC website along with a software update (v9.84).saspac-logo-master-button-maze-name-256-rounded-with-shadow

This update incorporates the 20 Detailed Characteristic and 9 Local Characteristic tables published by ONS on 26/9/13 (Releases 3.4 and 4.3) – including the single year of year by sex table (DC1117EW) mentioned previously on our blog. The updated SASPAC System files are downloadable from our data page and the software updates files/instructions from here.

To help keep users’ up to date with the large number of tables currently available we have also produced a summary of all the tables released by geography here (.xls). Furthermore, table layouts for all the tables so far and those recently published are below:

  • Release 3.4 Detailed Characteristic tables layouts/all published DC table layouts to date (.pdf)
  • Release 4.3 Local Characteristic tables layouts/all published LC table layouts to date (.pdf)

Other table layouts can be found on our Support page.


Local Characteristic Census tables now in SASPAC

02/08/2013

On 31/7/13 ONS released 21 Local Characteristic tables for Output Areas and higher geographies in E&W. Local Characteristic (LC) tables are detailed cross tabulations available for the smallest geographical area from the Census. This release is the first in a series of monthly LC table publications outlined in the release schedule.

As with previous releases, a SASPAC software update and set of System files (794MB .zip) are available for users to download. Detailed guidance (.pdf) explaining how to update SASPAC are also available. These tables have also been integrated into SASPAC’s master data download page.

Please contact the helpdesk if you have any issues with this update.


SASPAC v9.83 (with enhanced metadata)

22/07/2013

Following the release of the 2011 Census Detailed Characteristics tables for Middle Layer Super Output Area (MSOAs) and Census Merged Wards on 12 July, SASPAC v9.83 is now available and provides access to all these datasets tables. Software update files (7MB .zip) and instructions (.pdf) are downloadable from our website.

In addition, updated System files relating to these new tables are available to download from SASPAC’s data page or a link to just the Detailed Characteristics datasets (National to MSOA/ward geographies) can be downloaded here (640 MB .zip).

Finally, following user demand, the software’s CSV export function has now been enhanced to include cell-level metadata descriptions:

SASPAC CSV output without metadata:
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SASPAC CSV output available with v9.83 with metadata:
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Users may also be interested in saving version of the Census table layouts for all the datasets currently available:

Quick Statistics table layouts (22.07.13) (pdf)

Key Statistics table layouts (22.07.13) (.pdf)

Detailed Characteristics table layouts (22.07.13) (.pdf)

Commissioned table layouts (22.07.13) (.pdf)

As tables are released/updated these layouts will be updated on our support page.


Tomorrow’s Census Data Release (3.2b)

11/07/2013

We thought it would be helpful to clarify the data we are expecting ONS to publish tomorrow as part of Release 3.2b:

2 new Welsh LA level tables: DC1103WA and DC2112WA (Household composition by dependent children and ability to speak Welsh)

– 62 (incs. 8 Welsh) Details Characteristic tables for Census merged wards and MSOAs; these have all been previously released at LA level as part of Release 3.1 and 3.2a

4 new regional DC tables and 14 new Commissioned tables relating to migration but for England & Wales only

Table layouts for the new tables can be found here (2MB .xls).

The SASPAC team will process and quality assure these outputs before releasing to our users, along with a small software update, early next week.


Training Videos

29/04/2013

New training videos are now available for Modules 3a and 3b! These demonstrate how to select areas by text listing and using mapping through SASPAC.