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Durham University

Smart Centre


SMARTCensus is the project website for the ESRC SDAI funded project INCENSE - Influencing policy and practice by stimulating public debate about census data

This is a collaboration between the SMART Centre at Durham University and the Data Visualisation Centre at the Office for National Statistics.

 The project is working on a number of related activities:

  • To produce a variety of interactive data displays of Census data
  • To engage with various stakeholder groups about a number of aspects of uses of Census data
  • To investigate, and provide some evidence of, the reporting of Census data in various media in terms of scale, of relevance and of accuracy in conveying what the data says.

More details of what has gone on in the project can be found by downloading an update here (November 17th 2013 update)

SMARTCensus makes it easy to explore the 2011 census data. We focus on dynamic visualisations and commentaries on ethnicity and religion, health problems associated with an ageing population and population changes – but there is lots of other good stuff, too. To visit the wesite go to