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Data Utility Tool

Data Utility Tool

Last Updated: 27 August 2020

A data utility tool has been developed by NRS and is designed to aid with the necessary data entry into POPGROUP software. When paired with a custom lookup file, this tool automates the creation of input files needed to produce sub-council area population projections for a custom geography. It is currently packaged with official statistics on Scotland’s population (2001 to 2019) at data zone level produced by NRS. The data utility tool uses these official statistics and aggregates them to sub-council areas selected by the user.


Data Utility (beta)                                                                   

(15 MB)


A user guide has been developed to accompany the utility tool, giving step-by-step instructions on how to create input files and custom lookups for the sub-council areas of interest.

The utility tool is published as a beta version and may be subject to further development. Please share any feedback or suggestions for further improvement by contacting:
[email protected]

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