Welcome to the online support and resource portal for the Integrated Census Microdata project. This website is intended to provide a starting point for students, researchers and professional academics. Much of the information presented here is advanced in nature – for a basic “getting started” guide (ideal for students) please click the “quick help guide” button above, for a quick start document.
On this site you will find Learning Materials and FAQ section, as well as Forums where you can pose questions to the system creators. You can also find a blog where the latest news and information relating to I-CeM is posted. When conducting research, you can also make use of our quick reference Variable Matrix as well as the Occupation code lookup page.
The Integrated Census Microdata (I-CeM) database was constructed at the university of essex, over a period of three years. The I-CeM database makes available to researchers detailed information about everyone resident in the UK, collected at each decennial census from 1851 to 1911.
The I-CeM dataset itself is one of the most important and advanced historical datasets in the world, and puts British social scientific research, and the Department of History at the University of Essex, at the forefront of international efforts in the field. The dataset is made available at the UK Data Archive at the University of Essex in two forms – in an anonymised version available online to accredited researchers, and in a full version via secure data access arrangements.
Both forms are highly complex, providing access to a database comprising over 180 million census, searchable via 20 key variables, and over 100 sub variables. The purpose of the resources presented here is therefore to to enable new users and casual researchers to quickly access the data the require.
Want to lean more? This is a great place to start!