Thursday, 17 January 2013

Beyond 2011 programme - National Records of Scotland public engagement events

The Beyond 2011 programme was initiated by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) to propose viable alternative options to the traditional census in Scotland. The census has long been the benchmark for capturing a comprehensive, consolidated and accurate snapshot of the population.  However, various sources indicate that the current system of providing population and key socio-demographic statistics is no longer meeting all user needs.  

The Beyond 2011 programme will produce an options paper for Scottish Government ministers, describing the work that has been completed in the research phase and detailing the options for the next phases. 

As part of this research phase, NRS need to determine what the user requirements are for producing small area population and socio-demographic statistics and would like to invite your views.  A series of public engagement events in the morning and afternoon (times to be confirmed) of the 19th and 21st February 2013 will be held at the Dome, New Register House, Edinburgh ( 

If you would like to attend or for more information please contact by the 21st January 2013 and state your preferred date and session. 

The Beyond 2011 programme also has a group on the Knowledge Hub which can be accessed from  Registration is required.

North American Data Documentation Initiative Conference 2013

The call for papers for the North American Data Documentation Initiative 2013 Conference has been extended through January 31.

Conference registration is also now open  .

The North American Data Documentation Initiative Conference (NADDI) is an opportunity for those using DDI and those interested in learning more about it to come together and learn from each other. Patterned after the successful European DDI conference (EDDI), NADDI 2013 will be a two day conference with invited and contributed presentations. This conference should be of interest to both researchers and data professionals in the social sciences and other disciplines. Training sessions will follow the conference.

For more information about DDI see

2011 Census User Guide and Key Statistics interface

The 2011 Census User Guide brings together the information you need in order to understand and use statistics from the 2011 Census in England and Wales -

Newly available: information about variables and classifications, a comprehensive glossary, and a report about comparability over time. The guide also contains information about quality assurance, quality measures, comparability with other data sources, statistical disclosure control methods, coverage assessment and adjustment methods, and frequently asked questions.

The guide will expand over time as the releases become more detailed. In the meantime, let ONS know what you think.

The Key Statistics interface has now been updated (v2.5) and is available at the following link:

This tool enables comparisons between 2001 and 2011 Census population estimates of selected tables and is available in both Office 2003 and 2007 versions.

ONS recommends that you replace any earlier versions you may have received or downloaded and now use this updated version.
Queries relating to tables or the census in general should be addressed to:

Queries relating to boundaries/geography should be addressed to:

2011 Census homepage :

2011 Census News and Events:

Friday, 4 January 2013

Manchester Statistical Society Meeting: The Quality of Data

The quality of data in Britain
Tuesday 15 January 2013 at 5.30pm (refreshments available from 5.15pm)

Jil Matheson
National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service & Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority

Manchester Statistical Society
Questioning Social & Economic Issues

 President: Dr Philip Lund

Britain has a rich history of data that has been used to inform and influence public debate for many years. Our views around what we mean by ‘quality’ have been built on this tradition of data. But with mountains of data now being generated every day, are our traditional measures of quality still the right ones to use? The public increasingly only sees statistics through the media - so how can they know the quality of what they see, and how does this affect their trust in statistics? Statisticians need to consider where we fit in to this new world of data and how we respond to the challenges that it presents us.
Jil Matheson was appointed National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority in September 2009.

The meeting will be held at the Manchester Cathedral Visitor Centre, 10 Cateaton Street, Manchester M3 1SQ, starting at 5.30 and ending about 7pm.

Please notify your intention to attend by Friday 11 January 2013 at the latest. Bookings received after this date may not be accepted.

Please send an email to if you are likely to attend.