Census Support now part of UK Data Service

Article dated: 22 March 2013

Researchers and students who rely on UK Census data now have a new place to go for data and resources.

The newly formed UK Data Service, funded by the ESRC, incorporates several units of the former ESRC Census Programme, providing one point of access for data, online tools and support from:

  • Census Dissemination Unit (CDU)
  • Centre for Interaction Data Estimation and Research (CIDER)
  • Samples of Anonymised Records (SARs)
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For users of these services, the UK Data Service Census Support website is the new hub. There users will find data holdings that span the last five censuses (1971 to 2011) along with a range of online tools in the Explore Online section that are designed to enhance data visualisation and access.

Users can also use the website's search engine, Discover, to browse more than 6,000 social and economic datasets and related resources from the wider UK Data Service collection, including government funded surveys, longitudinal panel studies, international macrodata, qualitative data and business microdata.

Census longitudinal studies are not currently a part of the UK Data Service; users can still find those data and resources at the following sites:

For users currently registered with the Census, there is no need to re-register; access will continue without disruption. Those with concerns about how the transition to UK Data Service may affect their service are encouraged to read the FAQs for answers to common questions.

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