2 Geography in the ESRC Census Programme
The ESRC census programme provides access to different types of census data and is made up from a number of data support units. Each data support unit has expertise and responsibility for a specific type of data within the wider census programme. Let’s look at the role of geography in the datasets provided by a number of these data support units.
- Census Area Statistics provided by the Census Dissemination Unit at MIMAS through Casweb interface.
Example: record from 2001 Census Area Statistics (Table KS001 Usual resident population) at Census Output Area level
Census Variable ks0010001
- Digital Boundary datasets provided by UKBORDERS at EDINA through Boundary Data Selector interface.
Example: record from ONS England_lsoa_2001 digital boundary dataset
Example: record from GRoS Scotland_ca_2001 digital boundary dataset
Edinburgh, City Of
- Postcode Directory provided by Census Dissemination unit through GeoConvert, UKBORDERS through Postcode Directory Download / Postcode Data Selector
Example: record from May 2009 NSPD postcode directory.
NG9 1PA (D)
- Census Interaction Data provided by CIDER through the WICID.
Example: 1991 SWS Set C Origin to Destination Matrix (Transport to Work by Rail) using 1991 Standard Region Geography
Yorkshire and (J)Humberside
East (K) Midlands
East (L) Anglia
South East (M)
Yorkshire and Humberside
Even from this small sample of data we have reference to a set of diverse geographies:
- 00EHNC0003 – 2001 Census Output Area
- E01017540 – Lower Layer Super Output Area
- 14 – Council Area
- NG9 1PA – Postcode unit
- 165 – Travel To Work Area
- UKF1601027 – NUTS region
- 37UDGD0018 – 2001 Census Output Area
- E01028085 - Lower Layer Super Output Area
- North – 1991 Standard Region
- Yorkshire and Humberside – 1991 Standard Region
- East Midlands – 1991 Standard Region
- East Anglia – 1991 Standard Region
- South East – 1991 Standard Region
So we have 2001 Census Output Area, Lower Layer Super Output Area, Council Area, Postcode Unit, Travel To Work Area, NUTS region and standard region. But what are each of these geographies and what are the differences between them. This is the purpose of the contents of this module.