Published date: 24 April 2020

Last edited date: 28 April 2020

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 29 May 2020

Contract summary


  • Data services - 72300000

Location of contract

PO15 5RR

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

24 April 2020

Closing date

29 May 2020

Contract start date

29 June 2020

Contract end date

28 June 2022

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

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This procedure can be used for procurements above the relevant contract value threshold.

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Office for National Statistics (ONS) is seeking to let a contract for the provision of a Specialist Services to transform data held in historical census volumes into digital data.
This project is concerned with making greater use of historical census data, improving accessibility and realising benefits from the original investment in conducting historical censuses. ONS (and its various forebears) have produced population statistics from every Census since 1801. Individual census records are confidential for 100 years and are not included within the scope of this contract. ONS would like to digitise the aggregated data produced from those records and published in paper reports after each Census. Statistical outputs for England and Wales from the 1971 to 2011 censuses can be downloaded in digital form from ONS and other websites but a complete set of census data from the main volumes produced from 1801 to 1961 is not available digitally. All of the information is already publicly available (for example, through public libraries), but in paper form it has very limited accessibility and usability for analytical purposes. Digitisation would 'unlock' the data, extending the census timeseries backwards with detailed and comparable socio-economic data.

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Is a Recurrent Procurement Type? : No

About the buyer

Contact name

Clare Jones


Segensworth Road
PO15 5RR
United Kingdom


01633 651633