SNS FAMILY OF GEOGRAPHIES
Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics geographies are increasingly recognised as the 'industry standard' and making the SNS geographic information freely available has been welcomed. This allows public and private sector organisations to efficiently and effectively share information.
Since the introduction of Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics the number of geographies available has increased to reflect changing demand. The geographies currently available are:
HEALTH BOARD (14 areas)
LOCAL AUTHORITY (32 areas)
COMMUNITY HEALTH PARTNERSHIP (41 areas)
SCOTTISH PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY (73 areas)
MULTI-MEMBER WARD (353 areas)
INTERMEDIATE GEOGRAPHY (1,235 areas)
COMMUNITY REGENERATION CPP (28 areas)
COMMUNITY REGENERATION LOCAL (180 areas)
DATA ZONE (6,505 areas)
The Scottish Executive takes the issue of accessibility very seriously. The SNS website has been designed to comply with the international web accessibility standards issued by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as part of their Web Accessibility Initiative. All reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that top level and main content pages are compliant with the standards.
As part of the latest phase in the SNS project there has been a move towards Integrated Public Sector Vocabulary ( IPSV) compliance with Government standard metadata. All new indicators being loaded onto the system will meet IPSV requirements and existing indicators will be updated over time.
IPSV is an 'encoding scheme' for populating the e- GMS Subject element of metadata. It is fully compliant with ISO 2788 and BS 8723, the International and British Standards for monolingual thesauri. The vocabulary was developed with the backing of the DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government) and the e GU (Cabinet Office e-Government Unit). Version 2.00 was released in April 2006.