Enhancing and Enriching Historic Census Microdata

Article dated: 8 October 2012

The Enhancing and Enriching Historic Census Microdata Project, has been funded by the ESRC to create Samples of Anonymised Records (SARs) from British censuses 1961 to 1981. figures on posts

The project will fall into two phases.

In the first phase, record-level data will be recovered from archival data held by the relevant data controllers. This will involve extracting, transforming and re-loading all existing data files and applying variable and value lables. These data will be delivered to the data controllers for permanent preservation.

The second phase will involve the specification and creation of SARs from these complete datasets. The end result will be a series of datasets which will be harmonised with the existing SARs for 1991 and 2001 available from the UK Data Service. The final data products are expected to be released in the summer of 2014.

The Principal Investigator is Matthew Woollard, Director of the UK Data Service and Jo Wathan, Research Fellow at the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research, will act as Co-Investigator.