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Delivering UK Census Data to Researchers: Progress and Challenges

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  1. Delivering UK Census Data to Researchers: Progress and Challenges David Martin University of Southampton and ESRC/JISC Census Programme

  2. Overview • UK Census basics • Output products • The ESRC/JISC Programme • Access arrangements • Changing environment • Towards 2011

  3. UK census basics • Decennial data collection, most recently 29 April 2001 • Digital data series from modern censuses 1971 onwards • NB national differences: England and Wales; Scotland; Northern Ireland • Multiple products: standard and commissioned outputs

  4. What is a census? • Questionnaire delivered to every household • Legal obligation: 96% coverage • Very many uses and users in all sectors • Single most important social data source for small areas Source: ons.gov.uk

  5. Census topics • Age, sex, marital status, household structure • Country of birth/ethnicity • Health/disability • Economic status • Housing, amenities • Travel to work and cars • Qualifications Source: ons.gov.uk

  6. Output products • Principal datasets • Aggregate statistics • Boundaries • Microdata samples (SARs) • Interaction data • Longitudinal data (ONS LS, SLS) • Supporting datasets • Lookup tables • Metadata

  7. The ESRC/JISC programme • Data acquisition and purchase for academic use • Single online registration service provided by Census Registration Service for online resources • Support for ONS and Scottish Longitudinal Studies

  8. The ESRC/JISC programme • 34,000 registered users in 594 HE/FE institutions (end April) • 5,900 new registrations (Feb-April) • 27,000 user accesses (Feb-April) • New ESRC-funded round 2006-11 to include integrated portal service and research and development projects

  9. Data support units • Census Registration Service • Census dissemination unit • UKBORDERS • Centre for Census and Survey Research • Centre for Longitudinal Study Information and User Support • Scottish Longitudinal Study • Census Interaction Data Service

  10. Access arrangements • Programme aim to protect the user from cost and complexity • Multiple suppliers, multiple licences • Different funding arrangements for successive censuses • ESRC: 2001 Census Access Partner and commissioned output

  11. Registration and data access • One-stop registration jointly with Economic and Social Data Service • Based on Athens authentication, although moving to Shibboleth • Direct access to online services • Some datasets require acceptance of additional special conditions • Most sensitive longitudinal and microdata not available online

  12. Registration – via Athens • Complete online registration process • Agree to the End User Licence • Respond to confirmation email.

  13. Special conditions

  14. Changing environment • 2001 One Number Census and Output Area Geography • Enumeration difficulties, address listing and response rates • International retreat from censuses (France, USA) • 2011 post out/post back • Flexible enumeration strategy

  15. Information environment • Cross-government focus on neighbourhood renewal • Need for information • Role of census • Increasing use of administrative information • Neighbourhood Statistics Service

  16. Towards 2011 • New census portal: integrated searchable metadata • New methodological development: federated dissemination databases • Further convergence of census and administrative information • New round of discussion about access arrangements and costs

  17. How to find out more… http://census.ac.uk