2006 CENSUS DATA AND INTERMEDIARIES
In the previous round of user consultations we included in our strategic goals the aim of making better use of intermediaries in disseminating data from the 2006 Census. We also expressed the intent to use intermediaries to deliver a CDATA like (with full Geographic Information Systems (GIS) capabilities) product from the 2006 Census. The feedback to these suggestions has allowed us to confirm our initial intent and to verify the issues we need to address in successfully making this transition.
Census users who are familiar with GIS software such as CDATA will be aware that there are two key authors of this type of software in the Australian market, ESRI and MapInfo. Most CDATA users would also be aware that MapInfo Professional was the software used to create CDATA.
The ABS has held detailed discussions with suppliers of both ESRI and MapInfo software with the view to them supporting Census users as licensed ABS Intermediaries for the 2006 Census. As these plans continue to evolve we will keep users informed through our CDATA and Census user forums.