Creating a new Output Area Classification.
Chris Gale, UCL Department of Geography.
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The current Output Area Classification (OAC) uses only 2001 Census data in its construction; meaning it has become increasingly outdated since its original release. With data from the 2011 Census due to be made available by the end of 2012 plans for a new OAC are well underway. The new OAC will take advantage of not only 2011 Census data but other open source data sources that are now freely available. A new OAC will be a free, open source classification with a fully published methodology. Working in partnership with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this new OAC should be released by late 2012/early 2013.