What's New Archive


2011 Census and Migration Statistics Improvement Programme

28 October 2009 - ONS will be holding a series of joint roadshows in December 2009 to communicate the latest work being carried out to improve population statistics through the 2011 Census and the Improving Migration and Population Statistics projects. The Census seminars will outline progress on planning and executing the 2011 Census and focus on the methodology for assessing coverage and subsequent quality assurance of the census estimates. Seminars will be held in Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, York, London, Leicester and Llandrindod Wells.


2011 Census Outputs Consultation Events

3 September 2009 - ONS will be holding a series of events around the country in October to formally launch the 2011 census consultation on outputs. Topics for discussion include: output strategy, disclosure control methods, dissemination plans, output geographies, output content, and future consultation procedures on outputs.


AGI GeoCommunity 09 - "Realising the Value of Place"- 23 - 24 September 2009

11 June 2009 - The AGI GeoCommunity '09 conference will take place on 23 & 24 September 2009 at the Holiday Inn, Stratford-upon-Avon. This year's theme 'Realising the Value of Place' will address the role of the GeoCommunity, its challenges and opportunities in a time of global economic flux. AGI GeoCommunity '09 will provide an opportunity for all involved or interested in GI to network, share experience, educate and debate important issues and policy as well as develop and enhance skills through the conference training and workshop programme.



6 April 2009 - DBpedia is a community effort to extract structured information from Wikipedia and to make this information available on the Web. DBpedia allows you to ask sophisticated queries against Wikipedia, and to link other data sets on the Web to Wikipedia data.


Developments in geodemographic visualisation seminar - 15 September 2009

18 June 2009 - This Output Area Classification User Group (OACUG) seminar at the Royal Statistical Society in London on the afternoon of Tuesday 15 September is about enhancing the interpretation of geodemographic analysis by visualisation - getting messages across through maps and graphics. The programme features expert presentations on the latest innovative developments, and is aimed at those with special research interest as well as users of geodemographics.
There is no charge for participation, but reservation of places is necessary. For more details and to book a place see the OACUG website:


ESDS International

30 March 2009 - ESDS International disseminates and supports both aggregate and survey international datasets for UK FE and HE. The service is jointly run by Mimas and the UK Data Archive.


In Business - Location, Location

14 May 2009 - In this edition of BBC Radio 4's 'In Business' programme, Peter Day finds out about the mobile phone, GPS and other wireless technologies which are helping all sorts of useful objects 'know' where they are - and tell everybody else about it. He hears from the people building companies out of this dramatic new sensing ability. A number of useful links are provided for the companies featuring in the programme.


Labour Force Survey user meeting - 15 December 2009

18 September 2009 - This meeting, to be held at the Royal Statistical Society, London, will provide a forum for data users and producers to meet and discuss new developments and exchange information about the Labour Force Survey. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the content of the LFS and the Annual Population Survey with the Office for National Statistics.



6 April 2009 - Linked Data is about using the Web to connect related data by exposing, sharing, and connecting pieces of data, information, and knowledge on the Semantic Web using URIs and RDF. The site exists to provide a home for, or pointers to, resources from across the Linked Data community.



6 April 2009 - LinkedGeoData.org is a project by AKSW research group at Universitat Leipzig aiming at extracting and publishing geo data collected by the OpenStreetMap.org project as RDF and Linked Data.


New National Statistician announced

10 August 2009 - Jil Matheson has been appointed as the new National Statistician, to succeed Dame Karen Dunnell who retires at the end of August 2009. Ms. Matheson will take up post on 1 September 2009.


New Services for Social Science Research - 14 December 2009

24 November 2009 - The Administrative Data Liaison Service (ADLS) and the Secure Data Service (SDS).
An evening meeting organised by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS).
The ESRC has funded two new services to enhance researcher access to data previously unavailable or difficult to access for research.
The Administrative Data Liaison Service (ADSL) will act as a focalpoint for knowledge about the availability of UK administrative data, their suitablility for specific research purposes, and the procedures required to gain access and us such data.
The Secure Data Service (SDS) will enable safe and secure remote access by bona fide researchers to data previously deemed too sensitive, detailed, confidential or potentially disclosive to be made available under standard licensing and dissemination arrangements.
Attendance is free but pre-registration is recommended. Email meetings@rss.org.uk or call 020 7638 8998 to register.



6 April 2009 - OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the whole world. It allows users to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way.


Place Matters: The Location Strategy for the United Kingdom

26 January - A new Strategy to tackle problems from traffic management to flooding, improved policy formulation and decision making by using better geographical information, was recently launched by the government in a report Place Matters: The Location Strategy for the United Kingdom. The UK Location Strategy aims to simplify finding and using location data so that information can be accessed speedily to enhance decision-making.


Seminar: Targeting for multi-channel marketing - 23 November 2009

24 November 2009 - This half-day seminar organised by the MRS Census & Geodemographics Group (CGG) focused on data for targeting - online and offline - and the latest analytic techniques applied to multi-channel media. Presentations are available for download.


Seminar: Targeting for multi-channel marketing - 23 November 2009

25 September 2009 - The MRS Census and Geodemographics group wil be holding a half-day seminar looking at data for targeting, whether online or offline, and some of the latest analytic techniques being applied to multi-channel media. It will consider issues of targeting across both 'old' and 'new' media.


Tim Berners-Lee talk: The next Web of open, linked data

6 April 2009 - Tim Berners-Lee speaking at the TED conference in February 2009 in which he espouses building a web for open, linked data to do for numbers what the Web did for words and pictures: unlock our data and reframe the way we use it together.


Where is the nearest bus stop? UK Department for Transport adds NaPTAN data to Open Street Map

24 August 2009 - The UK's Department for Transport (DfT) has recently released data from the National Public Transport Access Node (NaPTAN) database to be put on Open Street Map (OSM). The data contains details of some 350,000 public transport access points in Great Britain including bus stops, railway stations, tram stops and ferry terminals, and meaningful text descriptions of the stop point and its location.