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The Census Data System

Philip Rees (Editor), David Martin (Editor), Paul Williamson (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-84688-9 November 2001 410 Pages


This definitive handbook uniquely documents the 2001 UK Census from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Collating a wide range of indicators, classification and analysis methods based on the Census, it includes an accompanying CD-ROM and refers throughout to an associated website providing the latest information.
* Provides comprehensive coverage of value-added products for 1991 Census and preview of improved products for 2001 Census
* Supported by a CD-ROM containing a full set of 1971-81-91 reaggreated Census data and a chapter-by-chapter guide to official and academic web resources
* Brings together the latest information from some of the leading researchers who have used Census data in their work
* Dedicated website will be regularly updated to provide the latest information
List of Contributors


Forewords (John Pullinger, Ian Diamond, Reg Carr)

How to Use the Book

Census Data Resources in the United Kingdom (Philip Rees, David Martin, and Paul Williamson)

Part I Geography and Lookup Tables

The debate about census geography (Philip Rees and David Martin)

Output areas for 2001 (David Martin)

Designing your own geographies (Seraphim Alvanides, Stan Openshaw, and Philip Rees)

Lookup tables and new area statistics for the 1971, 1981, and 1991 Censuses (James Harris, Danny Dorling, David Owen, Mike Coombes, and Tom Wilson)

Part II Boundary Data and Visualization

Handling and accessing census boundary data (William Mackaness and Alistair Towers)

Visualizing census data (Jason Dykes, Jackie Carter, and Danny Dorling)

Part III Area Statistics

Disseminating census area statistics over the Web (James Harris, Justin Hayes, and Keith Cole)

Deprivation indicators (Martyn Senior)

Census population surfaces (David Martin)

ONS classifications and GB profiles: census typologies for researchers (Philip Rees, Chris Denham, John Charlton, Stan Openshaw, Marcus Blake, and Linda See)

Dealing with the census undercount (Stephen Simpson)

Population statistics after the census (Paul Williamson and Stephen Simpson)

Part IV Microdata

Microdata from the census: Samples of Anonymised Records(Angela Dale and Andy Teague)

Online tabulation for the Samples of Anonymised Records(Ian Turton)

The ONS Longitudinal Study: linked census and event data to 2001 (Rosemary Creeser, Brian Dodgeon, Heather Joshi, and Jillian Smith)

Synthetic microdata (Paul Williamson)

Part V Interaction Data

Migration data from the census (Philip Rees, Frank Thomas, and Oliver Duke-Williams)

Workplace data from the census (Keith Cole, Martin Frost, and Frank Thomas)

Part VI Planning for 2001 Census Outputs

New questions for the 2001 Census (John Dixie and Danny Dorling)

A one-number census (Ian Diamond, Marie Cruddas, and Jennet Woolford)

An output strategy for the 2001 Census (Chris Denham and Philip Rees)

Metadata for the 2001 UK Census: recommendations (Paul Williamson and Neil Lander-Brinkley)

Testing user-requested geographies (Oliver Duke-Williams and Phil Rees)



"...a very useful text that provides a comprehensive review of Census data...far more than just another Census book..." (Progress in Human Geography, Vol.27, No.1)

"...provides a timely reminder of the value of census data...editors have done well to produce a valuable resource guide..." (Area, Vol 35)

Census Data System web link site Find the most up-to-date versions of web links cited in this book