Update on I-CeM project

Article dated: 19 June 2009

The Integrated Census Microdata (I-CeM) project is a collaborative project recently funded by the ESRC between the UKDA and the Department of History at Essex and was launched in early April 2009.

Led by Professor Schürer (Director, UKDA) with Dr Edward Higgs (History) as co-partner, I-CeM will work with a commercial partner to produce a harmonised and standardised version of the censuses of 1851 to 1911 for England, Wales and Scotland, creating a new complete database of over 250 million person records.

I-CeM has recently made two inaugural appointments to guide the development of the integrated research resource over the next three years. Dr Jaime Collins, who has been appointed as Senior Research Officer, has several years experience in Higher Education teaching and worked for three years as Research Officer for the Office for National Statistics, where he supported users of the 2007 Census test data and was responsible for pilot design and strategy for the 2011 Census. Nicola Farnworth, who has been appointed as Project Manager, has over 20 years professional experience in data analysis and systems design including 5 years at York University, Toronto, Canada, where she was Co-ordinator for the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure project.

Project staff are now working with its partners, including and the British Library, to establish a project plan, found an Advisory Board and prepare to take delivery of the historical census microdata which will form the core of the I-CeM collection.