Virtual Microdata Laboratory (VML)
Core Data
Hosting Legal Entity
Office for National Statistics
United Kingdom
Newport, PO: NP10 8XG, South Wales (United Kingdom)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
United Kingdom
Current Status:
Operational since 2004
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and is the recognised national statistical institute for the UK. It is responsible for collecting and publishing statistics related to the economy, population and society at national, regional and local levels. It also conducts the census in England and Wales every ten years. ONS plays a leading role in national and international good practice in the production of official statistics. It is the executive office of the UK Statistics Authority and although they are separate, they are still closely related.The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has described the VML and the development of research at ONS as: 'one of the most innovative research efforts in the public sector across the 30 OECD Member countries.'.

RI Keywords
National statistics, Statistics
RI Category
National Statistical Facilities (offices)
Data Mining and Analysis (Methodological) Centers, including statistical analysis
Scientific Domain
Social Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Social and Cultural Innovation
Access to Census Data

For the population of England & Wales; the population on the Census Day, 27 March 2011, was 56,075,912

Data Collection Services
Questionnaire Design, Analysis and Report Writing